E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A cheat. To rook, to cheat; to rook a pigeon, to fleece a greenhorn. Sometimes it simply means, to win from another at a game of chance or skill. (See ROOKERY.)
My Lord Marquis, said the king, you rooked me at piquet last night, for which disloyal deed thou shalt now atone, by giving a couple of pieces to this honest youth, and five to the girl.Sir Walter Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap. xxx.