Shyster meaning

shīstər
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An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law.
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(slang) A person, esp. a lawyer, who uses unethical or tricky methods; pettifogger.
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Someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law and politics.
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Origin of shyster

  • Probably alteration of German Scheisser son of a bitch, bastard from scheissen to defecate from Middle High German schīzen from Old High German skīzzan skei- in Indo-European roots

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

  • The origin is mostly likely from German Scheißer (“incompetent worthless person"), from scheißen (“to defecate"), probably influenced by -ster

    From Wiktionary