Etymology
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bilk (v.)

1650s, from or along with the noun (1630s), first used as a cribbage term; as a verb, "to spoil (someone's) score." Origin obscure, it was believed in 17c. to be "a word signifying nothing;" some sources suggest it is a thinned form of balk "to hinder." Meaning "to defraud" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Bilked; bilking.

updated on May 29, 2017

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Definitions of bilk from WordNet

bilk (v.)
cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money;
bilk (v.)
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of;
Synonyms: thwart / queer / spoil / scotch / foil / cross / frustrate / baffle
bilk (v.)
evade payment to;
He bilked his creditors
bilk (v.)
escape, either physically or mentally;
Synonyms: elude / evade
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