- nAmericanan untrustworthy, suspect or dishonest person, typically a gambler or minor fraudster. Grifter is a word from the early 20th century which is a blend of 'graft' and 'drifter'. It was used by Ray-mond Chandler in his detective fiction and was still occasionally heard in the late 1980s.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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Grifter — may refer to:* Grifter (comics), a fictional comic book character from Wildstorm Universe * Raleigh Grifter, a make of children s bicycle * Con artist See also * The Grifters … Wikipedia
grifter — confidence trickster, 1906, carnival and circus slang, probably an alteration of grafter (see GRAFT (Cf. graft) (2); also Cf. GRIFT (Cf. grift)). Gradually extended to any non violent criminal … Etymology dictionary
grifter — ☆ grifter [grif′tər ] n. [prob. altered < GRAFTER] Slang a petty swindler, as one who operates a dishonest gambling device at a carnival; confidence man grift vi., vt., n … English World dictionary
grifter — UK [ˈɡrɪftə(r)] / US [ˈɡrɪftər] noun [countable] Word forms grifter : singular grifter plural grifters mainly American informal someone who tricks people into giving them their money or possessions … English dictionary
grifter — n A con artist. John is such a grifter he runs cons on his mother. 1910s … Historical dictionary of American slang
grifter — noun see grift … New Collegiate Dictionary
grifter — /grif teuhr/, n. Slang. 1. a person who operates a side show at a circus, fair, etc., esp. a gambling attraction. 2. a swindler, dishonest gambler, or the like. [1910 15; GRIFT + ER1] * * * … Universalium
grifter — noun A con man. Someone who pulls confidence games. 1939. Were all grifters. So we sell each other out for a nickel . The Big Sleep … Wiktionary
grifter — grif|ter [ˈgrıftə US ər] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: grift hard work (20 21 centuries), perhaps from graft dishonest practices ] AmE informal someone who dishonestly obtains something, especially money >grift v [T] … Dictionary of contemporary English
grifter — grift|er [ grıftər ] noun count AMERICAN INFORMAL someone who tricks people into giving them their money or possessions … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English