shyster

noun shy·ster \ ˈshī-stər \

Definition of shyster

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

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Origin and Etymology of shyster

probably from German Scheisser, literally, defecator


SHYSTER Defined for English Language Learners

shyster

noun

Definition of shyster for English Language Learners

  • : a dishonest person; especially : a dishonest lawyer or politician


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