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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 3:22:02 AM
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What is the difference between 'cheat' and 'cheater?

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 4:56:08 AM

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A cheater is usually the one who cheats. Cheat can also be a noun meaning the fraudulent act, and the cheater also.

Just for clarity, use cheat as the verb or the noun for the act, and cheater for the person who is swindling.


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Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:07:23 AM
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Not, however, in BE. We don't use "cheater". We use "cheat".

"He's a cheat" - not "He's a cheater."

(The first couple of times I heard "cheater" being used I thought it was "Cheetah" that was being said and thought it was some sort of slang-word like "Cougar"!)
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 11:35:10 AM
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Thanks, JJ and Romany.
CamNewton
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 10:33:59 PM
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US English:

"Cheater" is used for someone who habitually cheats in games of any kind, or for one who is unfaithful in relationships.

"Cheat" is used for someone who cheats people in a financial or business sense, like an unscrupulous used car salesman.
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