grift (grft) Slang
n.
1. Money made dishonestly, as in a swindle.
2. A swindle or confidence game.
v. grift·ed, grift·ing, grifts, Grifter
v.intr.
To engage in swindling or cheating.
v.tr.
To obtain by swindling or cheating.
Joe the Gypsie spent most of his life grifting in Pasadena
by DancingRonin July 29, 2013
A money-making operation that is either dishonest and takes advantage of people, or is simply a cause of annoyance or scorn to those who pay. Typically, a grift is a source of easy money to whoever runs it.
That politician’s non-profit organization is a total grift!

This bag of chips I bought is only half full; I got grifted!

Those grifters at the electric company raised our bill in a time of crisis.

Anyone who offers to sell you sacred yeti body parts or photos of yeti tracks is grifting you.
by GottaHaveMyPete February 27, 2021
To steal something. Possibly a combination of gank and shifty. Only the most talented hobos can pull the grift off.
Dan grifted my cookie...and apparently my wallet as well.
by question_nny April 26, 2005
the art of grifting. Taking something that does not belong to you
Taking Amy away from Joe is such a grift move.
by holy diver August 12, 2006
An online side hustle that consists of expressing political opinions, usually right-wing, and then asking for financial support in order to continute to express those opinions. In this context, grift implies that either A) the opinions are just a performance (and not actually held by the speaker, so the grift is just an act to make money), or B) the need for financial support is significantly overstated, typically by stoking fears of being censored. Thus, a genuinely opinionated online presence with a small amount of support is not considered a grift.
She used to be an Instragram influencer, but I think she wasn't making money on that. Now she just makes flat earth YouTube videos to grift.
by November 19, 2020
To have gotten got ; to have been swindled
Bro, you just got super fucking Grifted”
by BigBootyHoles337 October 30, 2020
The art of cupping a fart with your hand and placing it in someones face "grifting" see also "cupcake"
Oh man, I just grifted gloria, she's gonna be smelling ass for hours!
by Magaz June 29, 2009