Definition of Cheat

1. Noun. Weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous.

Exact synonyms: Bearded Darnel, Darnel, Lolium Temulentum, Tare
Generic synonyms: Rye Grass, Ryegrass

2. Verb. Deprive somebody of something by deceit. "They cheat him of all his money"; "They chiseled me out of my money"

3. Noun. Weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat.
Exact synonyms: Bromus Secalinus, Chess
Generic synonyms: Brome, Bromegrass

4. Verb. Defeat someone through trickery or deceit.
Exact synonyms: Chicane, Chouse, Jockey, Screw, Shaft
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Derivative terms: Cheater, Chicane, Chicanery

5. Noun. Someone who leads you to believe something that is not true.

6. Verb. Engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud. "Sam and Sue cheat"; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
Exact synonyms: Chisel
Specialized synonyms: Job, Shark, Rig, Set Up, Cozen, Crib, Cook, Fake, Falsify, Fudge, Manipulate, Misrepresent, Wangle
Generic synonyms: Cozen, Deceive, Delude, Lead On
Derivative terms: Cheater, Cheating, Chiseler, Chiseller

7. Noun. The act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme. "That book is a fraud"

8. Verb. Be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage. "Sam cannot cheat Sue "; "Might her husband be wandering?"
Exact synonyms: Betray, Cheat On, Cuckold, Wander
Generic synonyms: Cozen, Deceive, Delude, Lead On
Specialized synonyms: Two-time, Fool Around, Play Around
Derivative terms: Cuckold

9. Noun. A deception for profit to yourself.
Exact synonyms: Cheating
Generic synonyms: Deceit, Deception, Dissembling, Dissimulation
Specialized synonyms: Gerrymander

Definition of Cheat

1. n. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.

2. v. t. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle.

3. v. i. To practice fraud or trickery; as, to cheat at cards.

4. n. Wheat, or bread made from wheat.

Definition of Cheat

1. Verb. (intransitive) To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely. ¹

4. Verb. (context: in modern usage, only used with "cheat someone out of" or "cheat one's way into something") To deceive; to fool; to trick. ¹

5. Noun. Someone who cheats (informal: cheater). ¹

6. Noun. A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies. ¹

7. Noun. A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code. ¹

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Definition of Cheat

1. to defraud [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: defraud

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cheat

cheat (current term)
cheat code
cheat codes
cheat on
cheat sheet
cheat sheets
cheater five
cheater fives
cheaters never prosper

Literary usage of Cheat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"We throw up our NAB-cheat, first for joy, And then our filches. »671. ... Sen. . . . Here's a NABQ 1 you never saw such a one in your life. cheat. ..."

2. Chief Contemporary Dramatists, Second Series: Eighteen Plays from the Recent by Thomas Herbert Dickinson (1921)
"Ah, cheat-the-Devil ! They would crop your ears. Where had you this? ... cheat-THE-DEVIL. Oh, not they! I heard no word of Michael ; Michael 's safe ! ..."

3. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1901)
"Skinner. Or from main, because small enough to W held within the hand. Minshew. It has surely no reference to cheat, which was coarser bread. ..."

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