snollygoster
[ snol-ee-gos-ter ]
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Part of SpeechnounOrigin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; German; (originally with allusion to a fast-moving monster or ghost): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from German schnelle Geister, literally ‘quick spirits’
Synonyms
noun
unprincipled person
Antonyms
noun
principled person
Definition
nouna shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician
Examples
nounThey voted to remove the snollygoster from the position of power.
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