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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cheat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. darnel, tare, bearded darnel, cheat, Lolium temulentumnoun

    weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous

  2. chess, cheat, Bromus secalinusnoun

    weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat

  3. deceiver, cheat, cheater, trickster, beguiler, slickernoun

    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

  4. swindle, cheat, rignoun

    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

    "that book is a fraud"

  5. cheat, cheatingverb

    a deception for profit to yourself

  6. cheat, rip off, chiselverb

    deprive somebody of something by deceit

    "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"

  7. cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockeyverb

    defeat someone through trickery or deceit

  8. cheat, chiselverb

    engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

    "Who's chiseling on the side?"

  9. cheat on, cheat, cuckold, betray, wanderverb

    be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

    "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"


  1. cheatnoun

    Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).

  2. cheatnoun

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

  3. cheatnoun

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

  4. cheatverb

    To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.

    My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.

  5. cheatverb

    To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.

    My husband cheated on me with his secretary.

  6. cheatverb

    To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely.

  7. cheatverb

    To deceive; to fool; to trick.

  8. Etymology: Aphetic form of escheat, from

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cheatnoun

    Etymology: from the verb. Some think abbreviated from escheat, because many fraudulent measures being taken by the lords of manours in procuring escheats, cheat the abridgment was brought to convey a bad meaning.

    The pretence of publick good is a cheat that will ever pass, though so abused by ill men, that I wonder the good do not grow ashamed to use it. William Temple.

    Emp’rick politicians use deceit,
    Hide what they give, and cure but by a cheat. Dryden.

    When I consider life, ’tis all a cheat;
    Yet, fool’d with hope, men favour the deceit.
    Trust on, and think tomorrow will repay;
    Tomorrow’s falser than the former day;
    Lyes worse; and while it says, we shall be blest,
    With some new joys cuts off what we possest. Dryden.

    Dissimulation can be no further useful than it is concealed; for as much as no man will trust a known cheat. South.

    Like that notorious cheat, vast sums I give,
    Only that you may keep me while I live. John Dryden, Cleomenes.

  2. To CHEATverb

    Etymology: of uncertain derivation; probably from acheter, Fr. to purchase, alluding to the tricks used in making bargains.

    It is a dangerous commerce, where an honest man is sure at first of being cheated; and he recovers not his losses, but by learning to cheat others. Dryden.

    There are a sort of people who find that the most effectual way to cheat the people, is always to pretend to infallible cures. John Tillotson, Preface.

    I that am curtail’d by this fair proportion,
    Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
    Deform’d, unfinish’d. William Shakespeare, Richard III.


  1. cheat

    Cheating generally describes various actions designed to subvert rules in order to obtain unfair advantages. This includes acts of bribery, cronyism and nepotism in any situation where individuals are given preference using inappropriate criteria. The rules infringed may be explicit, or they may be from an unwritten code of conduct based on morality, ethics or custom, making the identification of cheating conduct a potentially subjective process. Cheating can refer specifically to infidelity. Someone who is known for cheating is referred to as a cheat in British English, and a cheater in American English. A person described as a "cheat" doesn't necessarily cheat all the time, but rather, relies on deceitful tactics to the point of acquiring a reputation for it.


  1. cheat

    To cheat is to act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game, competition, or examination. It can also refer to deceiving or tricking someone by not following the rules or by using deceitful methods.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cheatnoun

    an act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture

  2. Cheatnoun

    one who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a cheater

  3. Cheatnoun

    a troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain fields; -- called also chess. See Chess

  4. Cheatnoun

    the obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth

  5. Cheatnoun

    to deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle

  6. Cheatnoun

    to beguile

  7. Cheatverb

    to practice fraud or trickery; as, to cheat at cards

  8. Cheatnoun

    wheat, or bread made from wheat

  9. Etymology: [Perh. from OF. chet goods, chattels.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cheat

    chēt, v.t. to deceive, defraud, impose upon.—v.i. to practise deceit.—n. a fraud: one who cheats.—ns. Cheat′er, one who cheats: (Shak.) an officer who collected the fines to be paid into the Exchequer; Cheat′ery (coll.), cheating.—Put a cheat upon, to deceive.—Tame cheater, a decoy. [M. E. cheten, a form of escheten, to escheat.]

Anagrams for cheat »

  1. tache

  2. teach

  3. Teach

  4. theca

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheat in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of cheat in a Sentence

  1. Michael Cohen:

    He is President Donald Trump, he is a con man, and he is President Donald Trump cheat, liar, liar, pants on fire.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    The only way to be on the diet is to cheat.

  3. Martha McKittrick:

    I don't like to use the word' cheat meal' because I think it connotes that there are good and bad foods, you think if you are' cheating,' you are eating a bad food, and it sets up a mind game.

  4. Richard Trumka:

    For years, we have called attention to the predatory practices of some steel exporting countries. Such practices hurt working people and cheat companies that produce in the U.S., we applaud the administration's efforts today to fix this problem.

  5. Maryam Rajavi:

    Any concessions to the mullahs will, no doubt, enable them to find a way to cheat in order to secretly continue its activity to reach the nuclear bomb...this is unacceptable.

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  • غشArabic
  • изигравам, измамник, измама, измамвамBulgarian
  • trampejar, enganyar, trampós, truc, mentirCatalan, Valencian
  • podvádětCzech
  • svindle, bedrage, undgå, snyde, være utroDanish
  • Cheat, schummeln, betrügen, fremdgehen, schwindeln, überlisten, die Ehe brechen, austricksenGerman
  • mentiroso, engañar, tramposo, truco, hacer trampaSpanish
  • fusku, huijaus, välttää, huijata, huijari, pettääFinnish
  • svíkja, svika, snýtaFaroese
  • tricheur, tricheuse, menteur, tricher, tromperFrench
  • feall, imir, déan séitéireacht, séitéir, déan cneámhaireacht ar, déan caimiléireacht ar, cúigleáilIrish
  • רימה, צ'יט, בגדHebrew
  • धोखाHindi
  • csalás, csal, csaló, szélhámos, megcsalHungarian
  • svindl, svindla, halda framhjáIcelandic
  • fregareItalian
  • チート, まやかす, 偽る, 不倫, 騙すJapanese
  • fuddelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • мами, измамник, илеџија, и́леџи, шифра, ма́миMacedonian
  • vals spelen, bedriegen, vreemdgaanDutch
  • være utro, bedra, snyte, lure, jukse, fuske, unngå, juksepaveNorwegian
  • zdrajca, cheat, czit, zdradzać, oszustka, zdrajczyni, oszukiwać, kod, oszustPolish
  • سینهPashto, Pushto
  • trapaceiro, trapaça, roubar, trair, macete, trapacear, enganarPortuguese
  • чит, мухлева́ть, обману́ть, обду́ривать, надува́ть, обма́нывать, изменя́ть, обма́нщица, ве́рю-не-ве́рю, моше́нничать, смоше́нничать, смухлева́ть, изменить, обдури́ть, гуля́ть, наду́ть, обма́нщик, моше́нник, моше́нницаRussian
  • podvádzaťSlovak
  • fiffla, bedraga, vänsterprassla, skojare, vänsla, fusk, fuska, svindla, vara otrogen, bedra, lura, fuskare, vänstra, bluffstopp, undgåSwedish
  • นอกใจThai
  • aldatmak, dolandırmak, kopya çekmekTurkish
  • обдуритиUkrainian
  • frawtineu, tructer, tructeu, tructeuse, frawtineuseWalloon

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