Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a fraudulent business scheme
  2. (verb, social) deprive of by deceit
    She defrauded the customers who trusted her
    the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change

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Alternate forms of Scam

Derivations: scam, scammer

Hyponyms: short, short-change

Hypernyms: cheat, chisel, rig, rip off, swindle

Origin of the word Scam

  1. 1963, n. and v., U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp "cheater, swindler" (see scamp (n.)). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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