mountebank Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
to mount + in
in, upon + banco
bench. See Mount
, and 4th Bank
- One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and vends medicines which he pretends are infalliable remedies; a quack doctor.
Such is the weakness and easy credulity of men, that a mountebank ... is preferred before an able physician.
- Any boastful or false pretender; a charlatan; a quack.
Nothing so impossible in nature but mountebanks will undertake.
Mount"e*bank transitive verb
- To cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull. R.
Mount"e*bank intransitive verb
- To play the mountebank.
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