American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who does business trickily; a person without professional honor: used chiefly of Iawyers: as, pettifoggers and shysters.
- n. Someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law and politics.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Slang, U.S. A trickish knave; one who carries on any business, especially legal business, in a mean and dishonest way.
- n. a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods
- The origin is mostly likely from German Scheißer ("incompetent worthless person"), from scheißen ("to defecate"), probably influenced by -ster (Wiktionary)
- Probably alteration of German Scheisser, son of a bitch, bastard, from scheissen, to defecate, from Middle High German schīzen, from Old High German skīzzan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Well, the states still have equal suffrage in the Senate, but this kind of what I call shyster lawyerism has been used to permit the federal government to overrun the Constitutional bounds on its powers.”
“He had begun his career as an "ambulance chaser," had risen later to the dignity of a police court lawyer, and now was of the type that might be called, for want of a better name, a high class "shyster" -- unscrupulous, sharp, cunning.”
“Superspeed shootist sheriff slays sister on the way to silver bullet showdown with supervillain shyster.”
“Steve Hicks Lawrence, Kansas In his article, "That Dirty Bird," on the onomastic migrations of the shitepoke [III, 3], Steven R. Hicks makes passing reference to the intriguing word shyster, an American colloquialism dating from at least as early as 1846 (see Mitford Mathews, Americanisms, 1966).”
“This wasn't an accidental outburst: he went on to repeat the word "shyster" twice more.”
“But, considerably as a consequence of Campbell's own track record (as, indeed, a "shyster"), the public is very rightly very wary of ever believing anything the government says.”
“Whenever I see or hear the word "shyster" a picture of L. Davis forms in my mind.”
“Mr. Cohen said that Mr. Shulman was first to challenge that "shyster" derived from a lawyer named Scheuster.”
“No one knows what Bush did, except run companies into the ground and daddy's friends bailed him out, and I'm supposed to believe Edwards is some kind of shyster for helping poor families?”
“And presently Jake Hibbard, the worst "shyster" in the village, shuffled in -- noticeable anywhere for his suit of rusty black, his empty sleeve pinned to his coat, the green patch over his eye, and his tobacco-stained lips.”
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