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  • n. a person who practices fraud; a swindler


Derived from fraud +‎ -ster. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Fraudster planned to use his own chips in casino."
    -- May 26, 2010 Reuters headline.

    OED's earliest reference is 1975 and all three of its examples are English press. M-W Unabridged suggests word is "chiefly British."

    May 27, 2010

  • "But London is corrosive to deference. Who you are is less important than what you seem, a fraudster of no family can impose himself on a gentleman from an ancient line simply by being better dressed and having a winning manner."
    —Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost (New York: Riverhead Books, 1998), 314

    October 16, 2008