mountebank definition

  • noun:
    • A hawker of quack medicines whom draws consumers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
    • A flamboyant charlatan.
    • a person who offers questionable drugs.
    • a person who offers by deception; a con artist; a charlatan.
    • one that mounts a bench or stage on the market or other public location, boasts of their ability in treating diseases, and vends drugs that he pretends tend to be infallible remedies; a quack medical practitioner.
    • Any boastful or untrue pretender; a charlatan; a quack.
    • A peripatetic quack; one that recommends and sells nostrums at fairs and similar gatherings.
    • ergo Any impudent and unscrupulous pretender; a charlatan.
    • The short-tailed African kite, Helotarsus ecaudatus: so named from the aĆ«rial tumbling.
    • a flamboyant deceiver; a person who lures customers with tricks or jokes
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to behave as a mountebank.
    • To play the mountebank.
  • verb-transitive:
    • Archaic To ensnare or prevail over with trickery.
    • To cheat by boasting and untrue pretenses; to gull.
  • verb:
    • to do something as a mountebank.
  • others:
    • Pertaining to or composed of mountebanks; sham; quack: as, a mountebank physician.
    • from quackery or jugglery.
    • To cheat by unscrupulous and impudent arts; gull.
    • To introduce or insinuate by delusive arts or pretensions.
    • To play the mountebank: with indefinite it.

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