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n. Slang
An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law.

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

shy′ster·ism n.


informal chiefly US a person, esp a lawyer or politician, who uses discreditable or unethical methods
[C19: probably based on Scheuster, name of a disreputable 19th-century New York lawyer]


(ˈʃaɪ stər)

1. a lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods.
2. a person who gets along by petty, sharp practices.
[1835–45, Amer.; probably < German Scheisser, literally, defecator]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shyster - a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methodsshyster - a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
chicaneurenculeur de mouches


[ˈʃaɪstəʳ] N (esp US) → tramposo/a m/f, estafador(a) m/f; (= lawyer) → picapleitos mf inv sin escrúpulos


n (US inf) → Gauner(in) m(f); (= lawyer)Rechtsverdreher(in) m(f) (inf)


[ˈʃaɪstəʳ] n (Am) (fam) → lestofante m; (lawyer, politician) → filibustiere m
References in classic literature ?
Your manner, sir, and your methods, remind me of a shyster.
The earliest known instance of shyster in print occurred in 1843, in the pages of The Subterranean, a New York City weekly that concerned itself with the goings-on in and about the Tombs (the city jail) and the local courts.
If he calls time on shyster Farage's ambitions and lets Will in, the beers are on me.
PNN Retired Supreme Court justice,Edmond Levy, took off the robe of a Supreme Court judge -- and under it was revealed a shyster, a Likud Party hack providing his client with a highly dubious, made-to-order legal opinion.
Shyster, for the uninitiated, is a medieval reference to an unscrupulous, deceptive or shrewd man, usually a lawyer
Fortunately the day's post also contained a flyer for a no-win-no-fee shyster, so compo here I come
Moore is nothing more than a shyster artist who uses the most basic filmmaking techniques to manipulate his audience.
He was a shyster, for sure, but not quite the evildoer of the popular imagination.
I am the president of The Spent Shaft Archery Club," The Shyster responded.
No, I could not, but somewhere some belt-and-suspenders shyster could, and did.
It leads on dull accountant Leo Bloom (a warmly charismatic Manford) and shyster theatre impresario Max Bialystock (Cory English, playing the sly buffoon), and their quest to make a fortune by deliberately staging a flop musical.