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quack 1

The characteristic sound uttered by a duck.
intr.v. quacked, quack·ing, quacks
To utter the characteristic sound of a duck.

[Middle English quek, of imitative origin.]

quack′y adj.

quack 2

1. An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
2. A charlatan; a mountebank.
Relating to or characteristic of a quack: a quack cure.
intr.v. quacked, quack·ing, quacks
To act as a medical quack or a charlatan.

[Short for quacksalver.]

quack′er·y n.
quack′ish adj.
quack′ish·ly adv.


n, pl -eries
the activities or methods of a quack


(ˈkwæk ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. the practice or methods of a quack.
2. an instance of this.


1. false pretense to medical skill, knowledge, or qualification; medical charlatanry.
2. the actions or practice of a medical charlatan. — quack, n., adj.
See also: Lies and Lying
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quackery - medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
medical practice - the practice of medicine
2.quackery - the dishonesty of a charlatan
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing


[ˈkwækərɪ] Ncharlatanismo m (Med) → curanderismo m


[ˈkwækəri] ncharlatanisme m



n. curanderismo, charlatanería.
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