pettifogger


pet·ti·fog·ger

noun \ˈpe-tē-ˌf-gər, -ˌfä-\

Definition of PETTIFOGGER

1
:  a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable :  shyster
2
:  one given to quibbling over trifles
pet·ti·fog·ging \-giŋ\ adjective or noun
pet·ti·fog·gery \-g(ə-)rē\ noun

Origin of PETTIFOGGER

probably from petty + obsolete English fogger pettifogger
First Known Use: 1564

Rhymes with PETTIFOGGER

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