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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).]
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
(intr) to play the mountebank
[C16: from Italian montambanco a climber on a bench, from montare to mount2 + banco bench (see also bank1)]
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]
Past participle: mountebanked
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|Noun||1.||mountebank - 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