nounNorth American informal
A private detective.
- 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 shamusfamous, ignoramus, Seamus
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