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.
Syn- swindler, defrauder, chiseller, chiseler, gouger, scammer,
...beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
Word Origin & History...grifter "confidence trickster," 1915, carnival and circus slang,
...probably an alteration of grafter
...(see graft (n.)). Gradually extended to "any non-violent criminal."