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pettifogger

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noun pet·ti·fog·ger \ˈpe-tē-ˌfȯ-gər, -ˌfä-\

Definition of pettifogger

  1. 1 :  a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable :  shyster

  2. 2 :  one given to quibbling over trifles

pet·ti·fog·ging play \-giŋ\ adjective or noun
pet·ti·fog·gery play \-g(ə-)rē\ noun


Origin of pettifogger

probably from petty + obsolete English fogger pettifogger


First Known Use: 1564

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