Origin of racketeering

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racketeer + -ing1
Related formsan·ti·rack·e·teer·ing, adjective


  1. a person engaged in a racket.
verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in a racket.

Origin of racketeer

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racket1 + -eer
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Examples from the Web for racketeering

Contemporary Examples of racketeering

Historical Examples of racketeering

  • It was a shame that he should be imprisoned when racketeering rats like Scorio went scot-free right here in New York.


    Clifford Donald Simak

British Dictionary definitions for racketeering


  1. a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit
  1. (intr) to operate a racket
Derived Formsracketeering, noun
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Word Origin and History for racketeering


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

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