Meaning of bankster in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbaŋkstə/


derogatory mainly US
  • A member of the banking industry seen as profiteering or dishonest.

    • ‘nothing ever seems to happen to any of the banksters who caused all the problems in the first place’
    • ‘The White House appears to have gone over to the supply side with its proposed tax on big banks, as it scores populist points against the banksters, too.’
    • ‘Whether through stoking fear of their failure or outright intimidation of the policymakers or something in between, the banksters own the country.’
    • ‘There was a House hearing with CEOs of the top banks today, where the banksters took a mostly conciliatory tone.’
    • ‘The US treasury, given Congressional blessing, simply gave the banksters hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars with no questions asked.’
    • ‘For a second I thought the banksters would have to SUFFER for the damage they caused blowing a hole in the global economy.’
    • ‘Everyone joined in the storm of outrage, which was followed by predictable bleating from the banksters.’
    • ‘We've had something similar because of devaluation but the banksters have been protected.’
    • ‘But Europe and indeed the entire globe faces a much more dangerous and immediate threat from Wall Street's banksters.’
    • ‘Among the millions of dollars in political lobbying, the banksters are stopping progress on consumer bills.’
    • ‘What is pretty clear is that a lot of this money is going to the banksters in backdoor bailouts that do nothing for the greater economy.’
    • ‘This is madness and it was clear at the time that bailing the banksters out was wrong.’
    • ‘We know that the administration will not go after the banksters that created this global financial calamity.’
    • ‘Banksters are indignant that they actually have to be accountable to anyone.’
    • ‘Throughout the interview he can barely contain his outrage about how unfair it all is that he and his fellow banksters are being criticized.’
    • ‘In paying banksters for losing money and relaxing accounting standards (so they can claim false profits while losing money), they are only encouraged to commit more fraud.’


Late 19th century (as non-derogatory nickname): blend of banker and gangster.