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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. This is a simple case of assault and battery.
The Peugeot conference centre at Ryton hosted the event and entertainment was provided by The Shyster Theatre Company, the Gemini Cheerleaders and Simunye music group.
The group, which has eight actors and four full-time staff, is also talking to Channel 4 about a possible TV project called Shyster Street.
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.
Buyers have been conned out of millions after handing over cash for luxury seaview apartments in UAE to a 'shyster developer'.
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.
India, April 18 -- Even though the origin of the word "shyster" is debatable, William Shakespeare immortalized it in his play the Merchant of Venice with the character Shylock.
In one speech he said, "Perhaps 'huckster' is not strong enough a word; 'shyster' is more appropriate, but I find on consulting the dictionary that even 'shyster' is not strong enough.
Mr Levi, who lives in Leeds, said he was accused of being a "shyster" who had tried to blackmail the club over money.
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.