shy·​ster | \ ˈshī-stər How to pronounce shyster (audio) \

Definition of shyster

: a person who is professionally unscrupulous especially in the practice of law or politics : pettifogger

Examples of shyster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How Bob Odenkirk became the great American shyster in the riveting show, Better Call Saul. Kyle Smith, National Review, 1 May 2022 Marty the nebbish, Ike the shyster, Phyllis the shrew. Judy Berman, Time, 8 Nov. 2021 In the 1930s, it was purchased by Norman Baker, a shyster who lured cancer patients to come here for treatments that had no medicinal value. Valerie Fraser Luesse, Southern Living, 25 Sep. 2020 Small business owners trying to stay afloat as the economy reels from the impact of the coronavirus can add another worry to the list: shysters pretending to be affiliated with the federal government's flagship relief program. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2020 Lukens, almost alone, kept the faith, arguing that the bust had simply exposed honest dealers from shysters. The Economist, 18 Dec. 2019 Fyre Festival shyster Billy McFarland was just caught allegedly selling fake tickets to the Met Ball., 15 June 2018 Some cryptocurrency pioneers think alt-coins are thus more like penny stocks—ones that get talked up by shysters to lure in naive investors, who get fleeced. Kotryna Zukauskaite, Smithsonian, 20 Mar. 2018 So Tillerson stepped down as the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world to cap his career spending one year being jerked around by a louche New York City shyster. Rob Tornoe,, 13 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of shyster

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shyster

probably from German Scheisser, literally, defecator

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“Shyster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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