[ shahy-ster ]
/ ˈʃaɪ stər /

noun Informal.

a lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods.
a person who gets along by petty, sharp practices.

Origin of shyster

1835–45, Americanism; probably < German Scheisser, equivalent to scheiss(en) to shit + -er -er1; final -ser conformed to -ster

Related forms

shy·ster·ism, noun

Can be confused

ambulance chaser mouthpiece pettifogger shyster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shyster


/ (ˈʃaɪstə) /


informal, mainly US a person, esp a lawyer or politician, who uses discreditable or unethical methods

Word Origin for shyster

C19: probably based on Scheuster, name of a disreputable 19th-century New York lawyer
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