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 (shä′məs, shā′-)
n. Slang
1. A police officer.
2. A private investigator.

[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 ).]


(ˈʃɑːməs; ˈʃeɪ-)
n, pl -muses
slang US a police or private detective
[probably from shammes, influenced by Irish Séamas James]


(ˈʃɑ məs, ˈʃeɪ-)

n., pl. -mus•es. Slang.
1. a private detective.
2. a police officer.
[1925–30; of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shamus - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect informationshamus - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
detective - an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
hotel detective, house detective, house dick - a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agent - a private detective
store detective - a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
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