[ 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.

Origin of profiteer

First recorded in 1910–15; profit + -eer

Related forms

an·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

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British Dictionary definitions for profiteer


/ (ˌprɒfɪˈtɪə) /


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


(intr) to make excessive profits

Derived Forms

profiteering, noun
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