Word of the Day Archive
Friday October 11, 2013
Slang. a clever, unscrupulous person.
A snollygoster is a shyster, and not, as President Truman thought, a man born out of wedlock…
-- Anthony Burgess, Homage to Qwert Yuiop, 1986
"...But you wouldn't be advised, would you, you chuckleheaded old snollygoster!"
-- William Kelley, The Tyree, 1979
This American English slang term, which entered English in the mid-1800s, is of unknown origin.