Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Pettifogger Definition:

An inferior lawyer.

In his 1684 law dictionary, John Cowell used these words to define a "petty-fogger":

"An irregular compound, from the French petit (small), and the Saxon fogere, a suit or solicitor so that a petty-fogger is an inferior attorney or lawyer...."

Also a petty or underhanded lawyer or an attorney who sustains a professional livelihood on disreputable or dishonorable business.

The word has also taken on an common usage definition referring to anyone prone to quibbling over details.

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