wildcatter

[wahyld-kat-er]

noun

an oil prospector.
a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures.
a person who participates in a wildcat strike.

Nearby words

  1. wild-goose chase,
  2. wild-headed,
  3. wildcat,
  4. wildcat bank,
  5. wildcat strike,
  6. wilde,
  7. wilde, oscar,
  8. wildean,
  9. wildebeest,
  10. wilder

Origin of wildcatter

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; wildcat + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for wildcatter

wildcatter

noun

US and Canadian informal a prospector for oil or ores in areas having no proved resources
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