racketeer [rak-i-teer] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for racketeer on Thesaurus.com noun

  1. a person engaged in a racket.

verb (used without object)

  1. to engage in a racket.

Origin of racketeer An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racket1 + -eer Related Words for racketeer mobster, extortionist, gangster, criminal, shark, hood Examples from the Web for racketeer Contemporary Examples of racketeer

  • Mr. Duffy, it happened, was Big Bill Duffy, a jolly henchman of Owney Madden, the racketeer.

    Portrait of the Consummate Con Man

    John Lardner

    May 17, 2014

  • He could, however, be a racketeer specializing in bookmaking, gambling, drug dealing, and assorted other crime.

    Whitey Bulger Trial Kicks Off in Boston

    T.J. English

    June 13, 2013

  • Historical Examples of racketeer

  • He was a raider, a racketeer, not a leader of purposeful men.

    Black Man’s Burden

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Her racketeer sweetie has a long arm, however, and Nita gets hers.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin

  • British Dictionary definitions for racketeer racketeer noun

    1. a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit


    1. (intr) to operate a racket

    Derived Formsracketeering, noun Word Origin and History for racketeer

    1928 (noun and verb), from racket (n.1) + -eer. Related: Racketeering (1928).

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