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Definitions for shamus
ˈʃɑ məs, ˈʃeɪ-shamus

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  1. private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlocknoun

    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information


  1. shamusnoun

    A private detective.


  1. shamus

    A shamus is slang term originating from Yiddish, used in reference to a private detective or investigator. It can also refer to a policeman or a person in a position of authority in a Jewish synagogue.


  1. Shamus

    Shamus is a computer game written by William Mataga and published by Synapse Software. Originally released for the Atari 8-bit computers in 1982, it was later ported to a number of platforms including the VIC-20, Commodore 64, TRS-80 Color Computer, TI-99/4A, IBM PC and Nintendo Game Boy Color; several of these ports were made by Atarisoft. It was followed by a sequel Shamus: Case II, available on the Atari and C64. William Mataga's original version was 16k in size and released on disk, tape, and cartridge for the Atari 8-bit family. The VIC-20 port was 8k and contained only 32 levels. Other releases were either on disk or tape. In 1999, Mataga developed an improved remake for the Game Boy Color. The original Shamus is notably incompatible with any of the Atari 8-bit family except the 400/800. Official ports of both Shamus and Shamus: Case II are available for iOS devices.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shamus is ranked #90495 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shamus surname appeared 204 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shamus.

    97.5% or 199 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shamus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shamus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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