Etymology
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cheater (n.)

early 14c., "royal officer in charge of the king's escheats," short for escheater, agent noun from escheat (and compare cheat (v.)). Meaning "dishonest player" is recorded from 1530s.

updated on November 06, 2017

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Definitions of cheater from WordNet

cheater (n.)
someone who leads you to believe something that is not true;
Synonyms: deceiver / cheat / trickster / beguiler / slicker
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.