Definition of snollygoster in English:

snollygoster

noun

informalUS
  • A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.

    ‘snollygosters must be thrown out of political office and other positions of power’
    • ‘He is not a snollygoster . He wants to change Jamaica .’
    • ‘We are up to our necks in lying, cheating, back-stabbing snollygosters.’
    • ‘Snollygosters must be thrown out of political office and other positions of power, and kept out.’
    • ‘Let's stop messing around and elect fresh voices to City Council in our next municipal election. Snollygosters need not apply. ’
    • ‘When snollygosters bother being concerned with the law , they are strictly concerned with what is legal; not with what is ethical or principled.’

Origin

Mid 19th century (originally with allusion to a fast-moving monster or ghost): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from German schnelle Geister, literally ‘quick spirits’.

Pronunciation

snollygoster

/ˈsnɒlɪɡɒstə/