Synonyms of cheat in English:


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1‘customers were cheated by unscrupulous retailers’


swindle, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull


exploit, take advantage of, victimize

informal do, diddle, rip off, con, bamboozle, rob, fleece, shaft, sting, have, bilk, rook, gyp, finagle, flimflam, put one over on, pull a fast one on, take for a ride, lead up the garden path, sell down the river, pull the wool over someone's eyes

North American informal sucker, snooker, goldbrick, gouge, stiff, give someone a bum steer

Australian informal pull a swifty on

British informal, dated rush

archaic cozen, chicane, sell

rare illude, mulct

2‘she cheated Ryan out of his fortune’


deprive of, deny, prevent from gaining, preclude from gaining

rob of, do out of

3‘a schoolboy cheated death when he was struck by lightning’


avoid, escape, evade, elude, steer clear of, dodge, duck, miss, sidestep, bypass, skirt, shun, eschew

foil, frustrate, thwart, baulk, defeat

4‘sixty per cent of husbands have cheated at least once’


commit adultery, be unfaithful, stray, be untrue, be inconstant, be false

informal two-time, play away, play around


1‘he called the principal witness a liar and a cheat’


swindler, cheater, fraudster, trickster, confidence trickster, deceiver, hoaxer, hoodwinker, double-dealer, double-crosser, sham, fraud, fake, crook, rogue, charlatan, quack, mountebank, racketeer

informal conman, con artist, shark, sharper, phoney, hustler, flimflammer, flimflam man

British informal twister

North American informal grifter, bunco artist, gold brick, chiseller

Australian informal shicer, magsman, illywhacker

South African informal schlenter

dated confidence man, confidence woman

rare defalcator, tregetour

2‘Is there a sure cheat for generating cash?’


swindle, fraud, deception, deceit, hoax, sham, trick, ruse, dodge, stratagem, blind, wile, Trojan horse

trickery, imposture, artifice, subterfuge

informal con, leg-pull