Pettifogger Definition

pĕtē-fŏgər, -fôgər
noun
A lawyer who handles petty cases, esp. one who uses unethical methods in conducting trumped-up cases.
Webster's New World
A trickster; cheater.
Webster's New World
One who quibbles over trivia.
American Heritage
A quibbler; caviler.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Pettifogger

Noun

Singular:
pettifogger
Plural:
pettifoggers

Origin of Pettifogger

  • Probably petty obsolete fogger pettifogger (probably akin to obsolete German Fugger successful merchant, usurer, huckster) (after the House of Fugger)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From petty + fogger.

    From Wiktionary

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