- a person who is, does, or creates (something specified): often derogatory: oldster, punster; rhymester, trickster
- a person associated with (something specified): gangster
Origin of -sterMiddle English ; from Old English -estre, origin, originally a feminine agent suffix
- One that is associated with, participates in, makes, or does: songster. See Note at pollster.
- One that is: youngster.
Origin of -sterMiddle English, from Old English -estre, female agent suff.
- Relatively uncommon for agent nouns, compared to more usual -er and -or; primarily used for single-syllable words. Also informal, particularly in contemporary productive use - compare hipster, scenester, bankster; older terms such as barrister do not have this casual connotation, however.
- Sometimes used in proper names, e.g. Napster (file-sharing software), Blockster (Brandon Block, disc jockey).