1. an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously; - Example: "after the Civil War the carpetbaggers from the north tried to take over the south"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Carpetbagger \Car"pet*bag`ger\, n.
An adventurer; -- a term of contempt for a Northern man
seeking private gain or political advancement in the southern
part of the United States after the Civil War (1865). [U. S.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously;
"after the Civil War the carpetbaggers from the north tried
to take over the south"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "carpetbagger":
bunco artist, bunco steerer, cardsharp, cardsharper, con artist,
con man, confidence man, crimp, horse coper, horse trader, jackleg,
land pirate, land shark, land-grabber, mortgage shark, pettifogger,
pitchman, shark, sharp, sharper, sharpie, shortchanger, shyster,