racketeer

[ rak-i-teer ]
/ ˌræk ɪˈtɪər /

noun

a person engaged in a racket.

verb (used without object)

to engage in a racket.

Nearby words

  1. rackboard,
  2. racket,
  3. racket amputation,
  4. racket press,
  5. racket-tail,
  6. racketeering,
  7. rackets,
  8. rackett,
  9. rackety,
  10. rackham

Origin of racketeer

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racket1 + -eer

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British Dictionary definitions for racketeer

racketeer

/ (ˌrækɪˈtɪə) /

noun

a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit

verb

(intr) to operate a racket
Derived Formsracketeering, noun

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Word Origin and History for racketeer

racketeer

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

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