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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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