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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.
All being settled, Bassanio receives the money, and before he sets off to woo his lady he gives a supper to all his friends, to which he also invites Shylock. Shylock goes to this supper although to his daughter Jessica he says,
When Shylock discovers his loss he is mad with grief and rage.
Kean perform in Shylock. Captain Osborne was a great lover of the drama, and had himself performed high- comedy characters with great distinction in several garrison theatrical entertainments.
Kean in Shylock. Immediately on his arrival in London he had written off to his father's solicitors, signifying his royal pleasure that an interview should take place between them on the morrow.
Reversing Shylock's position, they had accepted the employment in hopes of feeding upon the wealthy Jew, and were very much displeased when they found themselves disappointed, by the rapidity with which he insisted on their proceeding.
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. There is a pile of clouds in the east, it's not fair, and I don't go."
"Hein?" said Bixiou, when they were safely under the arcades in the place Royale; "did you examine those uncles?--two copies of Shylock. I'll bet their money is lent in the market at a hundred per cent per week.
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.