a person who makes excessive profits, esp. by taking advantage of a shortage of supply to charge exorbitant prices
Origin of profiteerprofit + -eer
to be a profiteer
One who makes excessive profits on goods in short supply.
intransitive verbprof·it·eered, prof·it·eer·ing, prof·it·eers
To make excessive profits on goods in short supply.
- (pejorative) One who makes an unreasonable profit not justified by cost or risk.
(third-person singular simple present profiteers, present participle profiteering, simple past and past participle profiteered)
- To make an unreasonable profit not justified by cost or risk.
From profit +"Ž -eer