- a clever, unscrupulous person.
Origin of snollygoster
First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for snollygoster
Upon looking back we saw that it was the giant negro, Snollygoster, who spoke.
As it was, he was more scared than hurt, and Snollygoster added another plume to his cap.
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.
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