- a lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods.
- a person who gets along by petty, sharp practices.
Origin of shyster
Examples from the Web for shyster
On her application for asylum she listened to shyster legal counsel.DSK Maid Fights Back
Jesse Ellison, Christopher Dickey
July 6, 2011
Shyster is very probably German also; Thornton has traced it back to the 50's.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
A lawyer, doing a thing of this character, is denominated a 518 shyster.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
He performs religious duties on Sunday and is a shyster on Monday.Studies in the Epistle of James
A. T. Robertson
"I guess he's a shyster by nature, that fellow," interposed Jowett.The World For Sale, Complete
Did you ever know a shyster to pad his library with Congressional reports?Quacks and Grafters
- informal, mainly US a person, esp a lawyer or politician, who uses discreditable or unethical methods
Word Origin and History for shyster
"unscrupulous lawyer," 1843, U.S. slang, probably altered from German Scheisser "incompetent worthless person," from Scheisse "shit" (n.), from Old High German skizzan "to defecate" (see shit (v.)).