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snollygoster

[snol-ee-gos-ter]
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noun Slang.
  1. a clever, unscrupulous person.
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Origin of snollygoster

First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for snollygoster

Historical Examples

  • Upon looking back we saw that it was the giant negro, Snollygoster, who spoke.

    Barney Blake, The Boy Privateer

    Herrick Johnstone

  • 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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