Etymology
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grifter (n.)

"confidence trickster," 1906, carnival and circus slang, probably an alteration of grafter (see graft (n.2); also compare grift). Gradually extended to "any non-violent criminal."

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Definitions of grifter

grifter (n.)
a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud;
Synonyms: swindler / defrauder / chiseller / chiseler / gouger / scammer
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