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1. One, such as a social director or entertainer, who encourages guest or audience participation.
2. One who incites others to action.

[Yiddish tumler, from tumlen, to make a racket.]


(Theatre) a comedian or other entertainer employed to encourage audience participation or to encourage guests at a resort to take part in communal activities
[C20: Yiddish, from tumlen to stir, bustle]


(ˈtʊm lər)

1. an employee at a resort hotel, esp. in the borscht circuit, who works as a comedian, activities director, and master of ceremonies.
2. Slang. a lively, boisterous, or prankish person.
[1930–35; < Yiddish tumler one who makes a racket, stir, derivative of tuml(en) to make a racket; compare Middle High German getümel noise; see tumble]
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His parents threw a big shindig for him at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan where he was fascinated not by the rabbi but by the entertainer: "He was a funny and creative tummler who played the piano upside down, plus he had a hot wife," says Bob.
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2] in 1905, sailed his Jollenkreuzer, called Tummler, on a river near his summer home at Caputh, near Potsdam, between 1929 and 1932.
At the roast, Gilbert Gottfried, a squinting tummler with a shrieking ferret schtick, was scorching old Hugh.
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Ten, of all the sisters, was the most friendly toward my father though she shared the family view of him as a tummler whose waywardness had brought him in his later years little financial reward.
This soundtrack fills in the spaces between those scenes that contain dialogue and those which use a first-person voice-over narration, a narration that shifts voice (male to female) as it shifts subject (Solomon to Tummler, identifiable character to unknown).