E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To cheat. Villon was a poet in the reign of Louis XI., but more famous for his cheats and villainies than for his verses. Hence the word villoner, to cheat, to play a rogues trick. (Rabelais: Pantagruel, iv. 17; note by Molleux.)