Definition of schlenter in English:

schlenter

adjective

South African
  • Not genuine; counterfeit:

    ‘boys learn to tell the difference between genuine and schlenter diamonds’

noun

South African
  • 1A fake diamond.

    1. 1.1 An illegal or dishonest scheme.
      • ‘A rumour spread that the fight was a ‘schlenter’, a setup, with McGoorty backing Darcy to win.’
      plot, intrigue, conspiracy, secret plan
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    2. 1.2 A confidence trickster.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]South African
informal
  • Achieve or acquire by underhand means:

    ‘I can always manage to schlenter a car’
    get, acquire, come by, secure, procure, come into possession of, pick up, be given
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Origin

From Dutch and Afrikaans slenter trick. The sch- probably reflects Yiddish influence in the 19th century in diamond mining.

Pronunciation:

schlenter

/ˈʃlɛntə/