grifter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

grift +‎ -er

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

grifter (plural grifters)

  1. A con artist; someone who pulls confidence games.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
      We're all grifters. So we sell each other out for a nickel.
    • 1958, Robert Bloch, That Hell-Bound Train
      That was the train the drunks and the sinners rode—the gambling men and the grifters, the big-time spenders, the skirt-chasers, and all the jolly crew.