Green’s Dictionary of Slang

-ster sfx

[ult. ME, where it represents nouns of action; in SE such terms include jokester, trickster, punster etc. Recent sl. uses have adopted the sfx, adding it to a surname or nickname and prefixing that with the, e.g. the US wrestler ‘Hulk’ Hogan is The Hulkster etc]

a sfx implying agency.

implied in fuckster under fuck v.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Dec. III 145/2: It is a common trick played upon bagsters [...] when they are not generous enough to the servants in the inn.
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker III 15: Ain’t he a horrid handsome horse, a most endurin’ quickster.
[US]Alpena Wkly Argus (MI) 7 Feb. n.p.: ‘See here, you punch-eyed punster [etc]’.
[UK] ‘’Arry on the Sincerest Form of Flattery’ in Punch 20 Sept. 144/2: But there’s a law for the rodsters, I’m told [...] so many foot left and right.
[UK] ‘’Arry on a ’ouseboat’ in Punch 15 Aug. 76: Who are they, these stuckuppy snipsters, as jaw about quiet and peace.
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 61: ‘So I ses to ’er, I ses’—this from the snacksters.
[UK]Binstead & Wells A Pink ’Un and a Pelican 278: ‘Two [pounds]’ quoth the inexorable Conkster.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 May 12/4: But the fibster wasn’t very wrong in supposing that the chilly, silent Governoress might have said it if the idea had occured to her.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Nov. 4/8: Will they let your band of grabsters smother Labor.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 15 Sept. 4/7: The latest for liar — Fibster.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘Dukie M’Kenzie’s Dawnce’ in Benno and Some of the Push 33: It’s up t’ me t’ put a mock on that tripester et the ’ay-an’-corn.
[Scot]‘Ian Hay’ Lighter Side of School Life 202: dear eggster, — Well, old sport, how goes it?
[UK]E. Blair in College Days (Eton) 4 1 Apr. in Complete Works X (1998) 65: We don’t let croaksters vamoose like that in Arizona.
[US]Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer 9: Vot mit vages going up und these here crazy tradunion socialists and bomsters.
P. Grey ‘’Twixt Night ’n’ Dawn’ in Afro-American (Baltimore, MD) 12 Nov. 11/5: Offered in the line of entertainment is [...] LeRoy and his swingsters.
[US]W. Winchell On Broadway 19 June [synd. col.] Junior Miss: Here’s another stage full of ’teensters.
[US]‘Here & There’ in N.Y. Age 10 May 9/5: I spared neither high nor low, all the Punksters had to go.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 240: tinster A private detective.
[US]D. Dressler Parole Chief 88: Rapesters, forgers, murderers, sex offenders. [Ibid.] 230: Another cheapster devised a penny ante scheme.
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 31: Teensters smoking in groups.
[US]N.Y. Times 18 Mar. 25: The intricate light-and-shadow wall reliefs of the opster Ben Cunningham.
[US]C. Hiaasen Double Whammy (1990) 281: I let those ringer bass go. [...] Three hawgsters.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 176: Jack hung up, called Sid Hudgens. [...] ‘Jackie! You got some good Nite Owl scoop for the Sidster?’.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 52: I have decided to name the greyhound The Buggster, after Damian Bugg, the Director of Public Prosecutions.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 9 July 15: Move their asses, as the old political funksters used to say.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 18 Oct. 5: I can remember the shock of hearing a twentysomething acquaintance describe himself as an ‘Essex funkster’.
[US] in W. Shaw Westsiders 372: Mob to the park with the loc’sters.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 155: The conksters waddled and huffed.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 246: Ace looks like Charlie Manson on a bad hair day. Crankster thin, muddy dark eyes set in stygian stare.
[US]D.H. Sterry Chicken (2003) 29: Rising from Dumpster fisher to humpster of the rich and famous.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 126: I have to actually lower down the old Snoopster.
[US]J. Ellroy Widespread Panic 6: The Sidster was Mr Holocaust Heartache [...] ‘Universal paid me ten g’s to keep the Rockster’s [i.e. Rock Hudson] name out of the story’.