meaning of bilk

bilk meaning in General Dictionary

A thwarting an adversary in cribbage by spoiling their score a balk

View more

  • To frustrate or disappoint to deceive or defraud by nonfulfillment of wedding to leave inside lurch to offer the slip to as to bilk a creditor
  • cheat somebody away from understanding because of, especially money
  • evade repayment to
  • impede or avoid (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  • escape, either actually or mentally
  • To frustrate or let you down; to deceive or defraud, by nonfulfillment of involvement; to leave within the lurch; to give the slip to; as, to bilk a creditor.
  • A thwarting an adversary in cribbage by spoiling their rating; a balk.
  • A cheat; a trick; a hoax.
  • Nonsense; vain terms.
  • someone who tips a creditor; an untrustworthy, challenging person.

bilk meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from or combined with noun (1630s), initially made use of as a cribbage term; as a verb, "to spoil (somebody's) rating." Origin obscure, it had been believed in 17c. is "a word signifying absolutely nothing;" perhaps it s a thinned form of balk "to hinder." Indicating "to defraud" is first recorded 1670s. Relevant: Bilked; bilking.


bilk meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To frustrate or let you down; to deceive or defraud, by nonfulfillment of wedding; to leave within the lurch; to give the slip to; since, to bilk a creditor.

View more

  • (letter.) A thwarting an adversary in cribbage by spoiling his score; a balk.
  • (n.) A cheat; a trick; a hoax.
  • (n.) Nonsense; vain terms.
  • (n.) Somebody who tricks a creditor; an untrustworthy, tricky individual.

Sentence Examples with the word bilk

The site thus gained was converted into new boulevards, while the railway to Neuss and Aix-la-Chapelle was diverted through the suburb of Bilk and thence across the Rhine by an iron bridge.

View more Sentence Examples