Sunday, October 29, 2000
Definitions for pettifogger
- A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
- A person who quibbles over trivia.
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Citations for pettifogger
A more respectable-looking individual was never seen; he really looked what he was, a gentleman of the law -- there was nothing of the pettifogger about him.
The nitpickers, the whiners, the pettifoggers are everywhere.
Origin of pettifogger
Pettifogger is probably from petty + obsolete fogger, "pettifogger."