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[ snol-ee-gos-ter ]
/ ˈsnɒl iˌgɒs tər /

noun Slang.

a clever, unscrupulous person.

Nearby words

snodly, snoek, snoep, snog, snogging, snollygoster, snood, snook, snooker, snookums, snoop

Origin of snollygoster

First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snollygoster

  • As it was, he was more scared than hurt, and Snollygoster added another plume to his cap.

    Barney Blake, The Boy Privateer|Herrick Johnstone
  • He next threw himself into the sea, out of the ports of the gun-room, but was rescued by Snollygoster.

Word Origin and History for snollygoster


1846, American English slang, fanciful coinage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper