grifter

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Etymology[edit]

grift +‎ -er

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Noun[edit]

grifter (plural grifters)

  1. (informal, Canada, US) A con artist; someone who pulls confidence games.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:confidence trickster
    • 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.
    • 2020 November 12, Megan O’Grady, “How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      From the small-time grifters like Anna Sorokin, who adopted the last name Delvey to masquerade in downtown New York circles as a European heiress for four years before she was convicted of second-degree grand larceny in 2019, [] all impostors come equipped with a tall tale and a look to match.

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