Grifter definition

griftər
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(slang) A petty swindler, as one who operates a dishonest gambling device at a carnival; confidence man.
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A con man. Someone who pulls confidence games.

1939. "We're all grifters. So we sell each other out for a nickel". The Big Sleep. Raymond Chandler.

1958. "That was the train the drunks and the sinners rode--the gambling men and the grifters, the big-time spenders, the skirt-chasers, and all the jolly crew". That Hell-Bound Train. Robert Bloch.

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Noun

Singular:
grifter
Plural:
grifters