snollygoster

noun
snol·​ly·​gos·​ter | \ ˈsnä-lē-ˌgä-stər How to pronounce snollygoster (audio) \

Definition of snollygoster

US dialect
: a shrewd, unprincipled person Truman and Acheson seasoned their correspondence with perceptive comments about the major figures of the day. Truman lamented that Dwight Eisenhower had given in to congressional "snollygosters"—unprincipled politicians.— Orme Wilson

First Known Use of snollygoster

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snollygoster

probably alteration of snallygaster a mythical creature that preys on poultry and children

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The first known use of snollygoster was in 1845

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“Snollygoster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snollygoster. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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