Definition of magsman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmaɡzmən/

noun (plural magsmen)

Australian informal, dated
1A confidence trickster.
Example sentences
  • Another common name for this type of swindler or confidence trickster was magsman, originally the name for a man who ran a pitch-and-toss game, which was itself sometimes called magflying from the mags, halfpennies, which were used in it.
  • You're cracksmen, magsmen, mobsmen, the two of you; so you may as well both own up to it.
  • According to the Abbey's staff review, you can "meet the thieves, breakers, magsmen, dope users, prostitutes and murderers who comprised Sydney’s shadowy underworld."
1.1A person who likes telling stories; a raconteur.


Early 19th century: from English dialect mag 'prattle' + man.

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