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shamus Line breaks: sha¦mus
Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪməs/

Definition of shamus in English:


North American informal
A private detective.
Example sentences
  • Chandler, to whom pulp fiction had come late in life, had written his first Marlowe novel, ‘The Big Sleep, ‘in 1939, followed by six more novels about the L.A. shamus.
  • The criminals are more interesting than the stoic shamus.
  • Switchblade in hand, Polanski advances on the cornered shamus, chastising Gittes for being a ‘nosy guy.’


1920s: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with shamus

famous, ignoramus, Seamus
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