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also bun·ko  (bŭng′kō)Informal
n. pl. bun·cos also bun·kos
A swindle in which an unsuspecting person is cheated; a confidence game.
tr.v. bun·coed, bun·co·ing, bun·cos also bun·koed or bun·ko·ing or bun·kos
To swindle.

[Probably alteration of Spanish banca, card game, from Italian banca, bank, of Germanic origin; see bank2.]


(ˈbʊŋkəʊ) or


n, pl -cos or -kos
a swindle, esp one by confidence tricksters
vb, -cos, -coing, -coed, -kos, -koing or -koed
(tr) to swindle; cheat
[C19: perhaps from Spanish banca bank (in gambling), from Italian banca bank1]


or bun•co

(ˈbʌŋ koʊ)

n., pl. -kos or -cos, n.
1. a swindle in which a person is cheated at gambling, persuaded to buy a nonexistent or worthless object, or otherwise victimized.
2. to victimize by a bunko.
[1880–85; shortened form of bunkum; compare -o]


Past participle: buncoed
Gerund: buncoing

I bunco
you bunco
he/she/it buncos
we bunco
you bunco
they bunco
I buncoed
you buncoed
he/she/it buncoed
we buncoed
you buncoed
they buncoed
Present Continuous
I am buncoing
you are buncoing
he/she/it is buncoing
we are buncoing
you are buncoing
they are buncoing
Present Perfect
I have buncoed
you have buncoed
he/she/it has buncoed
we have buncoed
you have buncoed
they have buncoed
Past Continuous
I was buncoing
you were buncoing
he/she/it was buncoing
we were buncoing
you were buncoing
they were buncoing
Past Perfect
I had buncoed
you had buncoed
he/she/it had buncoed
we had buncoed
you had buncoed
they had buncoed
I will bunco
you will bunco
he/she/it will bunco
we will bunco
you will bunco
they will bunco
Future Perfect
I will have buncoed
you will have buncoed
he/she/it will have buncoed
we will have buncoed
you will have buncoed
they will have buncoed
Future Continuous
I will be buncoing
you will be buncoing
he/she/it will be buncoing
we will be buncoing
you will be buncoing
they will be buncoing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buncoing
you have been buncoing
he/she/it has been buncoing
we have been buncoing
you have been buncoing
they have been buncoing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buncoing
you will have been buncoing
he/she/it will have been buncoing
we will have been buncoing
you will have been buncoing
they will have been buncoing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buncoing
you had been buncoing
he/she/it had been buncoing
we had been buncoing
you had been buncoing
they had been buncoing
I would bunco
you would bunco
he/she/it would bunco
we would bunco
you would bunco
they would bunco
Past Conditional
I would have buncoed
you would have buncoed
he/she/it would have buncoed
we would have buncoed
you would have buncoed
they would have buncoed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bunco - a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
sting operation - a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
swindle, cheat, rig - the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"
Verb1.bunco - deprive of by deceitbunco - deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"
short, short-change - cheat someone by not returning him enough money
cheat, rip off, chisel - deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"


n pl <buncos> (US inf) (= trick)Bauernfängerei f; (= swindle)Betrug m, → Schwindel m
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