Definition of bilk in English:

bilk

Syllabification: bilk
Pronunciation: /bilk
 
/
informal

verb

[with object]
1Obtain or withhold money from (someone) by deceit or without justification; cheat or defraud: government waste has bilked the taxpayer of billions of dollars
More example sentences
  • His father, Robert Todino Sr., worries that malicious users have preyed on Robby's ‘psychological problems’ and bilked him out of money.
  • Eagerly searching for work, Charlie unfortunately becomes the victim of a scam; he's bilked out of all his money, and his jobless situation has not changed.
  • Shaking his head, Deuce ushered the boy and the woman into the closest inn he could find and trust-one he'd stayed in before and knew wouldn't bilk him of his money or send stable boys in the middle of the night to rifle through his purse.
2 archaic Evade; elude: I ducked into the pantry, bilking Edward for the third time this week
More example sentences
  • But if thou art still a man, show thyself such, step forth, bilk the prigs, and return to thy confederate and dear friend.

Origin

mid 17th century (originally used in cribbage meaning 'spoil one's opponent's score'): perhaps a variant of balk.

Derivatives

bilker

noun
More example sentences
  • You're the best bilker I've ever had to deal with - and I want that floating gin palace of yours out of here - today.
  • Forget, too, the way you are forced to pay when you order rather than at the end of a meal even if it does suggest that you're a suspected bilker.
  • And even if checkbook bilkers are later caught, convictions are hard to get because many suspects cannot be identified to the satisfaction of courts.

Definition of bilk in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdeɪktɪk
adjective
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...