AskDefine | Define shyster

Dictionary Definition

shyster n : a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods [syn: pettifogger]

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English

Etymology

The origin is mostly likely from German Scheisser ("incompetent worthless person," literally "shitter").

Noun

  1. Someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law and politics, or a con artist.

Alternative spellings

  • schister, scheister, sheister, schyster, shister, shaista, shiester and schiester.

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Extensive Definition

A shyster is someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law and politics, or a con artist. While now applied in a non-ethnic-specific sense, the term has anti-semitic connotations.

Etymology

Common Misspellings

Shyster is commonly misspelled. Common variants include schister, scheister, sheister, schyster, shister, shaista, shiester and schiester.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Artful Dodger, Philadelphia lawyer, Yankee horse trader, ambulance chaser, blackguard, bunco artist, bunco steerer, cardsharp, cardsharper, carpetbagger, charmer, con artist, con man, confidence man, crafty rascal, crimp, devil, dodger, fox, glib tongue, horse coper, horse trader, jackleg, knave, land pirate, land shark, land-grabber, lawyer, mortgage shark, pettifogger, petty, pitchman, precious rascal, rapscallion, rascal, reynard, rogue, scalawag, scamp, scoundrel, shark, sharp, sharper, sharpie, shortchanger, slick citizen, slicker, sly dog, slyboots, sneak, spalpeen, spieler, sweet talker, swindler, trickster, villain
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