noun, plural sha·mus·es. Slang.
Origin of shamus
Examples from the Web for shamus
When I was 10 or 11 years old, a movie company came to town to do this Burt Reynolds movie, Shamus.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon|Andrew Romano|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shamus Award–winning author Peter Spiegelman returns with this psychologically thrilling novel.
Shamus succeeded admirably in his design of concocting a sensation for us.
Under the big oaks, meanwhile, our camp fire burned brightly, and Shamus was developing the mysteries of his art.
Ye're in a sad plight, Shamus, roasting alive; what can I do for ye?More Celtic Fairy Tales|Various
Now there was one man, Shamus Mackenzie they called him, and he was very curious, and he must be seeing what they did.Angling Sketches|Andrew Lang
As we walked forward, Shamus' witch suddenly appeared before us.
British Dictionary definitions for shamus
noun plural -muses
Word Origin for shamus
Word Origin and History for shamus
"police officer, detective," 1920, apparently first in "The Shamus," a detective story published that year by Harry J. Loose (1880-1943), a Chicago police detective and crime writer; the book was marketed as "a true tale of thiefdom and an expose of the real system in crime." The word is said to be probably from Yiddish shames, literally "sexton of a synagogue" ("a potent personage only next in influence to the President" [Israel Zangwill]), from Hebrew shamash "servant;" influenced by Celtic Seamus "James," as a typical name for an Irish cop.