Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A petty braggart who pretends to be rich and important.

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  • adjective US cheap, inferior; pretentious
  • noun US A contemptible or pretentious person, especially one who gambles for low stakes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the horn-shaped metal can used by chuck-a-luck operators for shaking the dice.]

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