Shamus meaning

shäməs, shā-
A private investigator.
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A policeman.
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A private detective.
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A police officer.
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A private detective.
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Origin of shamus

  • Perhaps from the common Irish name Séamus James (from the many Irish Americans who traditionally served on American police forces) or from shammes (the duties of a detective being likened to those of a shamash)

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