- 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.
- a lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped-up cases
- a trickster; cheater
- a quibbler; caviler
Origin of pettifoggerpetty + obsolete fogger ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A lawyer whose practice involves petty matters or who lacks sound legal judgment or skills.
- One who quibbles over trivia.
Origin of pettifoggerProbably petty + obsolete fogger, pettifogger (probably akin to obsolete German Fugger, successful merchant, usurer, huckster, after the House of Fugger).
From petty + fogger.