Definition of Pettifogger

1. Noun. A person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods.

Exact synonyms: Shyster
Generic synonyms: Offender, Wrongdoer



2. Noun. A disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections.
Exact synonyms: Caviler, Caviller, Quibbler
Generic synonyms: Malcontent
Derivative terms: Cavil, Cavil, Pettifog, Quibble, Quibble

Definition of Pettifogger

1. n. A lawyer who deals in petty cases; an attorney whose methods are mean and tricky; an inferior lawyer.

Definition of Pettifogger

1. Noun. Someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections. ¹

2. Noun. An unscrupulous or unethical lawyer, especially one of lesser skill. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pettifogger

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pettifogger

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Literary usage of Pettifogger

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1. Wit and Humor of Bench and Bar by Marshall Brown (1899)
"pettifogger and Shyster.—The late EG Ryan, of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, was a jurist of great ability. Fearless independence and a terrible vigor of ..."

2. Reminiscences: Personal and Other Incidents ; Early Settlement of Otsego by Levi Beardsley (1852)
"Encounter with a pettifogger.— Justice insulted for not appreciating public sentiment.— Dutch Justice commits for contempt.—Charge of Witch,- craft and ..."

3. The Poems of Philip Freneau: Poet of the American Revolution by Philip Morin Freneau, Fred Lewis Pattee (1907)
"... THE pettifogger,1 or Fee Simple, Esquire In a town I could mention, a lawyer resided As cunning as Satan, and fond of disputes; In wrangles and quarrels ..."

4. The Poems of Philip Freneau: Poet of the American Revolution by Philip Morin Freneau, Fred Lewis Pattee (1907)
"... THE pettifogger,1 or Fee Simple, Esquire In a town I could mention, a lawyer resided As cunning as Satan, and fond of disputes; In wrangles and quarrels ..."

5. Westminster Hall, Or, Professional Relics and Anecdotes of the Bar, Bench by Henry Roscoe, Thomas Roscoe (1825)
"CHARACTER OF A pettifogger. " He promotes quarrels, and in a long vacation his sport is to go a fishing with the penal statutes. ..."

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