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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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Earlier in the evening he had had a telephone conference with the Ancient Mariner, who had reported only progress with an exceptionally strong nibble that very day from a retired quack doctor.
He said he believed that if you were to strip the nation naked and send a stranger through the crowd, he couldn't tell the king from a quack doctor, nor a duke from a hotel clerk.
As per detail, a quack doctor, Zafar Kamboh and his wife Amna used to had domestic brawls frequently.
Police said she died of an anesthesia overdose during a botched operation by quack doctor Dean Faiello.
It is said that accused Qasim, a quack doctor who used to practice in village Bouken, wanted to contract second marriage with Afshan d/o Mehmood and upon her refusal got infuriated and threw acid on her and her three younger sisters Amina, Ayesh and Jannat after storming their house along with his accomplice Fakhar.
7 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday arrested the quack doctor accused of infecting at least 40 people with HIV in state's Unnao district.
Confused and scared of the repercussions, she decided to get rid of the pregnancy by involving a quack doctor.
Have a go at sedan chair racing and barrel rolling, be astounded by the fire eater and falconer, meet the quack doctor, enjoy live music and clog dancing, watch craftspeople at work, browse around the stalls, see the sideshows and join the Squire of Pockerley's staff.
Sergeant Belcore tries to swagger his way to the altar with Adina and Dulcamara, a quack doctor, provides Nemorino with a potion to make all women love him.
Stroll through the canalside village and debunk some 19th-century myths as the resident pharmacist and quack doctor sell you some questionable remedies.
There's also a fantastic Flea Circus, a quack doctor with his home-made remedies, market stalls and trinket sellers peddling their wares.
FATHER Christmas, Prince George, a Turkish Knight, a quack doctor and a bearded Moll Finney are coming to a village near you.