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
    • 2009 May 19, “Tory issues apology after calling Labour rival a "c***"”[1], Mirror, retrieved 2014-02-06:
      … I called for him to publish his expenses so that all Gloucester voters could see that he isn't a snollygoster

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