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cheating (ˈtʃiːtɪŋ) 



  1. an instance of rule-breaking   ⇒ In an election in 1988, he was accused of cheating by his opponent.
  2. (mainly US) infidelity

cheat (tʃiːt Pronunciation for cheat



  1. to deceive or practise deceit, esp for one's own gain; trick or swindle (someone)
  2. (intransitive) to obtain unfair advantage by trickery, as in a game of cards
  3. (transitive) to escape or avoid (something unpleasant) by luck or cunning   ⇒ to cheat death
  4. when intr, usually foll by on (informal) to be sexually unfaithful to (one's wife, husband, or lover)


  1. a person who cheats
  2. a deliberately dishonest transaction, esp for gain; fraud
  3. (informal) sham
  4. (law) the obtaining of another's property by fraudulent means
  5. the usual US name for rye-brome

Derived Forms

ˈcheatable adjective
ˈcheater noun
ˈcheatingly adverb

Word Origin

C14: short for escheat


View thesaurus entry
= deceive, skin, trick, fool, take in, con, stiff, sting, mislead, rip off, fleece, hoax, defraud, dupe, beguile, gull, do, swindle, stitch up, victimize, bamboozle, hoodwink, double-cross, diddle, take for a ride, bilk, pull a fast one on, screw, finagle, cozen, scam
= deceiver, sharper, cheater, shark, charlatan, trickster, con man, impostor, fraudster, double-crosser, swindler, grifter, rorter, chiseller, rogue, dodger, knave, rogue trader

Quotations including 'cheating'

  • "Cheats never prosper"

Example Sentences Including 'cheating'

Arroyo's administration and Poe's camp have accused each other of plots to steal the election, either by cheating or violence.
canada.com (2004)
But the incident enraged Birmingham boss Steve Bruce, who accused the teenage talent of cheating to turn the game Liverpool's way.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2003)
Former chief minister E. K. Nayanar has accused his successor A. K. Antony of cheating the public by releasing fabricated documents.
India Today (2002)
Gwyneth Paltrow plays Helen, a mousy London girl with a cheating boyfriend.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
He did have it off with that girl, the two-faced cheating hound.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion
PREDICTION: This latest cheating charge will put the final nail in the coffin of their marriage.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
Such card games provided plenty of opportunities for cheating , particularly in manipulating the deal.
Wensley Clarkson HIT `EM HARD: Jack Spot, King of the Underworld (2002)
When she'd caught Claus cheating ; when Jerry had left for Miami and never come back.
Clive Barker EVERVILLE (2001)
You're cheating ," said Angelica, suspicious even in drowsiness.
Weldon, Fay Splitting


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