Pronunciation: (bilk),[key] —v.t. 1. to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars. 2. to evade payment of (a debt).
3. to frustrate: a career bilked by poor health. 4. to escape from; elude: to bilk one's pursuers.
—n. 1. a cheat; swindler.
2. a trick; fraud; deceit.