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Definitions of cheating

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



  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 (slang), trick, fool, take in (informal), con (informal), stiff (slang), sting (informal), mislead, rip off (slang), fleece, hoax, defraud, dupe, beguile, gull (archaic), do (informal), swindle, stitch up (slang), victimize, bamboozle (informal), hoodwink, double-cross (informal), diddle (informal), take for a ride (informal), bilk, pull a fast one on (informal), screw (informal), finagle (informal), cozen, scam (slang)
= deceiver, sharper, cheater, shark, charlatan, trickster, con man (informal), impostor, fraudster, double-crosser (informal), swindler, grifter (slang) (mainly US) ( & Canadian), rorter (Australian) (slang), chiseller (informal), rogue, dodger, knave (archaic), rogue trader
= deception, fraud, sting (informal), rip-off (slang), scam (slang), deceit, swindle, artifice, trickery, imposture

Quotations including 'cheating'

  • "Cheats never prosper"

Example Sentences Including 'cheating'

He did have it off with that girl, the two-faced cheating hound.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion
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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