Definition of bankster in English:


Syllabification: bank·ster
Pronunciation: /ˈbaNGkstər


derogatory , chiefly US
  • A member of the banking industry seen as profiteering or dishonest: nothing ever seems to happen to any of the banksters who caused all the problems in the first place
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    • The White House appears to have gone over to the supply side with its proposed tax on big banks, as it scores populist points against the banksters, too.
    • Whether through stoking fear of their failure or outright intimidation of the policymakers or something in between, the banksters own the country.
    • There was a House hearing with CEOs of the top banks today, where the banksters took a mostly conciliatory tone.


late 19th century (as nonderogatory nickname): blend of banker1 and gangster.

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