- The definition of a pettifogger is a lawyer who handles minor cases using unethical manors, or a cheater.
An example of a pettifogger is someone who spends a lot of time fighting over unimportant issues in the courtroom.
pettifogger definition by Webster's New World
- a lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped-up cases
- a trickster; cheater
- a quibbler; caviler
Origin: petty plush obsolete fogger ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
pettifogger definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer.
- One who quibbles over trivia.
Origin: Probably petty + obsolete fogger, pettifogger.
- petˈti·fogˌger·y noun