[fawr-fluhsh-er, fohr-]


a person who makes false or pretentious claims; bluffer.

Origin of fourflusher

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; four flush + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for four-flusher

Historical Examples of four-flusher

  • But, as I've said before, when it comes to figurin' on what women or horses'll do, I'm a four-flusher.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • This extra dresser is a four-flusher, for he is trying to appear as something that he is not.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • He'd thought the world of Don Roberts, who had turned out a four-flusher.


    Dorothy Canfield

  • Don hadn't ever pretended to be any less of a four-flusher than he was.


    Dorothy Canfield

  • And I've got four thousand that belongs to that four-flusher, Square Deal.

    Square Deal Sanderson

    Charles Alden Seltzer

British Dictionary definitions for four-flusher



US and Canadian slang a person who bluffs or attempts to deceive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for four-flusher

"cheat, dishonest person," 1900, from verb four-flush "to bluff a poker hand, claim a flush (n.) while holding only four cards in the suit" (1896).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper