a person who operates a side show at a circus, fair, etc., especially a gambling attraction.
a swindler, dishonest gambler, or the like.
Origin of grifter
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Examples from the Web for grifter
Contemporary Examples of grifter
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is a grifter and a wingnut, but is he possibly a felon too?Ethics Office Sees Evidence Republican Congressman Broke the Law
June 11, 2014
After a lifetime being raised by and working alongside his grifter father, Bob decides he wants out.Please Don't Kill My TV Show!
September 26, 2010
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