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 (shī′lŏk′) Offensive
A ruthless moneylender; a loan shark.
intr.v. shy·locked, shy·lock·ing, shy·locks
To lend money at exorbitant interest rates.

[After Shylock, the ruthless Jewish usurer in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice who demands a pound of his debtor's flesh as compensation for default upon a loan.]


(Banking & Finance) a heartless or demanding creditor
[C19: after Shylock, the name of the heartless usurer in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596)]


(ˈʃaɪ lɒk)

1. a relentless, revengeful moneylender in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
2. a cruel moneylender.
3. (l.c.) to lend money for extortionate interest.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shylock - someone who lends money at excessive rates of interestshylock - someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
lender, loaner - someone who lends money or gives credit in business matters
shark - a person who is ruthless and greedy and dishonest
2.Shylock - a merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare


n (fig: = mean person) → Geizhals m; (dated: = moneylender) → Wucherer m, → Wucherin f
References in classic literature ?
So to supply his friend's need Antonio decides to borrow the money, and soon a Jew named Shylock is found who is willing to lend it.
And Shylock especially hated Antonio, because not only did he rail against Jews and insult them, but he also lent money without demanding interest, thereby spoiling Shylock's trade.
Shylock goes to this supper although to his daughter Jessica he says,
When Shylock discovers his loss he is mad with grief and rage.
So finding nowhere love or sympathy but everywhere only mockery and cruel laughter, Shylock vows vengeance.
Thou wilt not take his flesh," says one of the young merchant's friends to Shylock.
For the three months allowed by Shylock for the payment of the debt are over, and as not one of Antonio's ships has returned, he cannot pay the money.
And I, who had saved and scraped, traded like a Shylock and made junkmen weep; I, who had stood aghast when French Frank, at a single stroke, spent eighty cents for whisky for eight men, I turned myself loose with a more lavish disregard for money than any of them.
I really believe," said he, "I could be fool enough at this moment to undertake any character that ever was written, from Shylock or Richard III down to the singing hero of a farce in his scarlet coat and cocked hat.
If it was fair, that was in the bond, and I stand to the letter of my bond, Shylock.
It is easy, then, in fancy, to people these silent canals with plumed gallants and fair ladies--with Shylocks in gaberdine and sandals, venturing loans upon the rich argosies of Venetian commerce--with Othellos and Desdemonas, with Iagos and Roderigos--with noble fleets and victorious legions returning from the wars.
T HIS week we talk to Rhodri Miles, whose one man play touring Wales looks at the life of fiction's most famous Jew, and asks if Shylock, from the Merchant of Venice was a villain or a victim?