Definition of snollygoster in English:

snollygoster

noun

US
informal
  • A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.

    ‘snollygosters must be thrown out of political office and other positions of power’

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/