Definition of shyster in English:


Syllabification: shy·ster
Pronunciation: /ˈSHīstər


  • A person, especially a lawyer, who uses unscrupulous, fraudulent, or deceptive methods in business.
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    • So now, six years in, what should these shysters, lawyers, and purveyors of vacuous mediocrity do next?
    • I put myself out on the line for this guy, and he was nothing but a shyster with a slick lawyer.
    • He declared the amount to be ‘good value for money in a business largely conducted by shysters and sharks.’


mid 19th century: origin uncertain; perhaps related to German Scheisser 'worthless person'.

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