a person engaged in a racket.

verb (used without object)

to engage in a racket.

Origin of racketeer

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racket1 + -eer
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Related Words for racketeer

mobster, extortionist, gangster, criminal, shark, hood

Examples from the Web for racketeer

Contemporary Examples of racketeer

Historical Examples of racketeer

  • He was a raider, a racketeer, not a leader of purposeful men.

    Black Man's Burden

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Her racketeer sweetie has a long arm, however, and Nita gets hers.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin

British Dictionary definitions for racketeer



a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit


(intr) to operate a racket
Derived Formsracketeering, noun
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Word Origin and History for racketeer

1928 (noun and verb), from racket (n.1) + -eer. Related: Racketeering (1928).

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