from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To defraud, cheat, or swindle: made millions bilking wealthy clients on art sales.
- transitive v. To evade payment of: bilk one's debts.
- transitive v. To thwart or frustrate: "Fate . . . may be to a certain extent bilked” ( Thomas Carlyle).
- transitive v. To elude.
- n. One who cheats.
- n. Obsolete A hoax or swindle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud by not fulfilling an obligation; to leave in the lurch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud, by nonfulfillment of engagement; to leave in the lurch; to give the slip to.
- n. A thwarting an adversary in cribbage by spoiling his score; a balk.
- n. A cheat; a trick; a hoax.
- n. Nonsense; vain words.
- n. A person who tricks a creditor; an untrustworthy, tricky person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In cribbage, to balk or spoil any one's score in his crib.
- To frustrate or disappoint.
- To deceive or defraud; leave in the lurch; cheat: often with of: as, to bilk one of his due; to bilk a creditor; “don't you bilk me,”
- To evade or escape from; dodge; elude.
- n. In cribbage, the spoiling of one's score in the crib.
- n. Nothing; vain words.
- n. [To call a word “Arabic” or “Hebrew” was and still is a way of dignifying slang or jargon.]
- n. A trick; a fraud.
- n. A cheat; a swindler.
- Fallacious; unreliable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. evade payment to
- v. escape, either physically or mentally
- v. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
- v. cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
Perhaps alteration of balk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)