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One who performs on a tightrope or a slack rope.

[From Latin fūnambulus : fūnis, rope + ambulāre, to walk; see ambhi in Indo-European roots.]

fu·nam′bu·lism n.


a tightrope walker. Also called (osolete): funambulator
[C18: from Latin fūnambulus rope dancer, from fūnis rope + ambulāre to walk]
fuˈnambulism, fuˌnambuˈlation n


(fyuˈnæm byə lɪst)

a tightrope walker.
[1785–95; < Latin fūnambul(us) tightrope walker]
fu•nam′bu•lism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.funambulist - an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack ropefunambulist - an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope
acrobat - an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination
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