mountebank


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moun·te·bank

 (moun′tə-băngk′)
n.
1. A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks.
2. A flamboyant charlatan.

[Italian montambanco, from the phrase monta im banco, one gets up onto the bench : monta, one gets up, third person sing. present tense of montare, to get up (from Vulgar Latin *montāre; see mount1) + in, on, onto (from Latin; see in-2) + banco, bench (variant of banca, from Old Italian, bench, table, from Old High German bank).]

mountebank

(ˈmaʊntɪˌbæŋk)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a person who sold quack medicines in public places
2. (Medicine) (formerly) a person who sold quack medicines in public places
3. a charlatan; fake
vb
(intr) to play the mountebank
[C16: from Italian montambanco a climber on a bench, from montare to mount2 + banco bench (see also bank1)]
ˌmounteˈbankery n

moun•te•bank

(ˈmaʊn təˌbæŋk)

n.
1. one who sells quack medicines, appealing to an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc.
2. a charlatan.
v.i.
3. to play the mountebank.
[1570–80; < Italian montimbanco one who climbs on a bench]

mountebank


Past participle: mountebanked
Gerund: mountebanking

Imperative
mountebank
mountebank
Present
I mountebank
you mountebank
he/she/it mountebanks
we mountebank
you mountebank
they mountebank
Preterite
I mountebanked
you mountebanked
he/she/it mountebanked
we mountebanked
you mountebanked
they mountebanked
Present Continuous
I am mountebanking
you are mountebanking
he/she/it is mountebanking
we are mountebanking
you are mountebanking
they are mountebanking
Present Perfect
I have mountebanked
you have mountebanked
he/she/it has mountebanked
we have mountebanked
you have mountebanked
they have mountebanked
Past Continuous
I was mountebanking
you were mountebanking
he/she/it was mountebanking
we were mountebanking
you were mountebanking
they were mountebanking
Past Perfect
I had mountebanked
you had mountebanked
he/she/it had mountebanked
we had mountebanked
you had mountebanked
they had mountebanked
Future
I will mountebank
you will mountebank
he/she/it will mountebank
we will mountebank
you will mountebank
they will mountebank
Future Perfect
I will have mountebanked
you will have mountebanked
he/she/it will have mountebanked
we will have mountebanked
you will have mountebanked
they will have mountebanked
Future Continuous
I will be mountebanking
you will be mountebanking
he/she/it will be mountebanking
we will be mountebanking
you will be mountebanking
they will be mountebanking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mountebanking
you have been mountebanking
he/she/it has been mountebanking
we have been mountebanking
you have been mountebanking
they have been mountebanking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mountebanking
you will have been mountebanking
he/she/it will have been mountebanking
we will have been mountebanking
you will have been mountebanking
they will have been mountebanking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mountebanking
you had been mountebanking
he/she/it had been mountebanking
we had been mountebanking
you had been mountebanking
they had been mountebanking
Conditional
I would mountebank
you would mountebank
he/she/it would mountebank
we would mountebank
you would mountebank
they would mountebank
Past Conditional
I would have mountebanked
you would have mountebanked
he/she/it would have mountebanked
we would have mountebanked
you would have mountebanked
they would have mountebanked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mountebank - a flamboyant deceivermountebank - a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
craniologist, phrenologist - someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
quack - an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice

mountebank

noun
Translations

mountebank

[ˈmaʊntɪbæŋk] Nsaltabanco m, saltimbanqui m

mountebank

nQuacksalber m, → Scharlatan m
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l feared the woman had no better thought than to make a mountebank of her child
Heep - once did me the favour to observe to me, that if I were not in the receipt of the stipendiary emoluments appertaining to my engagement with him, I should probably be a mountebank about the country, swallowing a sword-blade, and eating the devouring element.
I'm sick and tired of having a forest and a torture-chamber in my house and of living like a mountebank, in a house with a false bottom
This German Socialism, which took its schoolboy task so seriously and solemnly, and extolled its poor stock-in-trade in such mountebank fashion, meanwhile gradually lost its pedantic innocence.
Less so, and probably far more extensive, were the operations of those mediaeval practitioners who made dwarfs and beggar-cripples, show-monsters,--some vestiges of whose art still remain in the preliminary manipulation of the young mountebank or contortionist.
No, for I am only embarked in certainties," replied Danglars, with the air of a mountebank sounding his own praises; "to involve me, three governments must crumble to dust.
I happen to know you as a mountebank, and therefore trust you no more than THIS.
This has been a single estate for hundreds and hundreds of years, and if you or any meddlesome mountebank comes here and talks of cutting it up like a cake, if I ever hear a word more of you and your leveling lies--"
Peace, good mountebank, I did but utter the truth that was in my heart.
His eyes brightened and hardened, and his manner changed to what I remember it in past times--to that mixture of pitiless resolution and mountebank mockery which makes it so impossible to fathom him.
This was an antic fellow, half pedlar and half mountebank, who travelled about the country on foot to vend hones, stops, razors, washballs, harness-paste, medicine for dogs and horses, cheap perfumery, cosmetics, and such-like wares, which he carried in a case slung to his back.
He scoffed at them as adventures, mountebanks, sideshow riffraff, dime museum freaks; he assailed their showy titles with measureless derision; he said they were back-alley barbers disguised as nobilities, peanut peddlers masquerading as gentlemen, organ-grinders bereft of their brother monkey.