Definitions for Mountebankˈmaʊn təˌbæŋk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

moun•te•bankˈmaʊn təˌbæŋk(n.)

  1. one who sells quack medicines, appealing to an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc.

  2. a charlatan.

  3. (v.i.)to play the mountebank.

Origin of mountebank:

1570–80; < It montimbanco one who climbs on a bench

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mountebank, charlatan(noun)

    a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes


  1. mountebank(Noun)

    One who sells dubious medicines

    There is nothing so impossible in Nature but mountebanks will undertake; nothing so incredible but they will affirm. - John Bull

  2. mountebank(Noun)

    One who sells by deception; a con artist; a charlatan.

  3. mountebank(Verb)

    To act as a mountebank

    Chide me no more. I'll mountebank their loves,Cog their hearts from them, and come home beloved - Coriolanus, Wm. Shakespeare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mountebank(noun)

    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

  2. Mountebank(noun)

    any boastful or false pretender; a charlatan; a quack

  3. Mountebank(verb)

    to cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull

  4. Mountebank(verb)

    to play the mountebank


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