noun \ˈshä-məs, ˈshā-\

Definition of SHAMUS

slang :  police officer

Examples of SHAMUS

  1. <a hard-bitten L.A. shamus who, when he's not battling crooks, is bedding chicks>
  2. <he's a sleazy shamus who mostly finds evidence to use in divorce cases>

Origin of SHAMUS

perhaps from Yiddish shames shammes; from a jocular comparison of the duties of a sexton and those of a store detective
First Known Use: 1925

Rhymes with SHAMUS


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