As nouns the difference between grifter and swindler
is that grifter
is a con man someone who pulls confidence games while swindler
is a person who swindles, cheats or defrauds.
A con man. Someone who pulls confidence games.
:1939 . "We're all grifters. So we sell each other out for a nickel". The Big Sleep .
:1958 . "That was the train the drunks and the sinners rode—the gambling men and the grifters, the big-time spenders, the skirt-chasers, and all the jolly crew". That Hell-Bound Train .
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