lawyer
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈlɔːjə(ɹ)/, /ˈlɔɪ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (America, Northern and Western) IPA: /ˈlɔɪ.ɚ/
  • (America, Southern) IPA: /ˈlɔ.jɚ/
Noun

lawyer (plural lawyers)

  1. A professional person qualified (as by a law degree or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. represent parties in lawsuits or trials and give legal advice.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; […].
    A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade. - aphorism often credited to Abraham Lincoln, but without attestation
  2. (by extension) A legal layman who argues points of law.
  3. (UK, colloquial) The burbot.
  4. (UK, dialect) The stem of a bramble.
Synonyms Translations Verb

lawyer (lawyers, present participle lawyering; past and past participle lawyered)

  1. (informal, intransitive) To practice law.
  2. (intransitive) To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.
  3. (intransitive) To make legalistic arguments.
  4. (informal, transitive) To barrage (a person) with questions in order to get them to admit something.
    You've been lawyered!
Related terms
Lawyer
Proper noun
  1. A male given name



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