snollygoster

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Etymology[edit]

19th-century American English. Possibly from snallygaster, a mythical beast that preys on poultry and children, possibly from Pennsylvania German schnelle geeschter, from German schnell, quick + geist, spirit.

Noun[edit]

snollygoster (plural snollygosters)

  1. (slang, obsolete) A shrewd person not guided by principles, especially a politician

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