Definitions for quacksalverˈkwækˌsæl vər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a quack; charlatan.
Origin of quacksalver:
1570–80; < early D (now kwakzalver); see quack1, salve1, -er1
One falsely claiming to possess medical or other skills, especially one who dispenses potions, ointments, etc. supposedly having curative powers.
Origin: c 1570, from kwakzalver, from quacken
one who boasts of his skill in medicines and salves, or of the efficacy of his prescriptions; a charlatan; a quack; a mountebank