grifter
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɡɹɪftɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɡɹɪftə/
Noun

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.



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