[ prof-i-teer ]
/ ˌprɒf ɪˈtɪər /


a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods.

verb (used without object)

to act as a profiteer.

Nearby words

  1. profit warning,
  2. profit-sharing,
  3. profit-taking,
  4. profitability,
  5. profitable,
  6. profiteering,
  7. profiterole,
  8. profitless,
  9. profligacy,
  10. profligate

Origin of profiteer

First recorded in 1910–15; profit + -eer

Related formsan·ti·prof·i·teer·ing, adjectivenon·prof·it·eer·ing, nounun·prof·it·eer·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anti-profiteering


/ (ˌprɒfɪˈtɪə) /


a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply


(intr) to make excessive profits
Derived Formsprofiteering, noun

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Word Origin and History for anti-profiteering



1797, but dormant in English until it was revived in World War I, from profit + -eer. From 1912 as a noun. Related: Profiteering (1814).

Or is it simply hysteria which produces what is to-day termed "the profiteer?" It is probable that the modern profiteer is the same person whom we formerly called "the grafter, the extortioner, the robber, the gouger." ["Legal Aid Review," April 1920]
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