• A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.

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Example Sentences

“I thought he was going to be a snollygoster, but he ended up being the best city councilperson we’ve ever had.”

“If you go back on your promise, you’re going to earn a reputation as a snollygoster.”

“There will be no snollygosters or scalawags allowed to work here.”

Word Origin

German, mid-19th century

Why this word?

It may look like gibberish, but “snollygoster” is found in the dictionary, meaning “a shrewd and unprincipled politician.” The definite origin of this mid-19th-century word is unknown, but it most likely comes from the German “schnelle Geister,” meaning literally “quick spirits.”

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