Mountebank

  • 1 Mountebank — Mount e*bank, v. i. To play the mountebank. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Mountebank — Mount e*bank, n. [It. montimbanco, montambanco; montare to mount + in in, upon + banco bench. See {Mount}, and 4th {Bank}.] 1. One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and vends… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 mountebank — [mount′ə baŋk΄] n. [It montambanco < montare,MOUNT2 + in, on + banco, a bench: see BANK1] 1. Archaic a person who mounted a bench, or platform, in a public place and sold quack medicines, usually attracting an audience by tricks, stories, etc …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Mountebank — Mount e*bank, v. t. To cheat by boasting and false pretenses; to gull. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Mountebank — may refer to: Charlatan, a swindler Monte Bank, a card game Three card Monte, a confidence game The Mountebanks, a comic opera by Alfred Cellier and W. S. Gilbert This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …

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  • 6 mountebank — (n.) a doctor that mounts a bench in the market, and boasts his infallible remedies and cures [Johnson], 1570s, from It. montambanco, contraction of monta in banco quack, juggler, lit. mount on bench (to be seen by crowd), from monta, imperative… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 mountebank — n *impostor, faker, charlatan, quack …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 mountebank — [n] charlatan cheat, con man/woman*, grifter, imposter, rip off artist*, swindler; concept 412 …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 mountebank — ► NOUN ▪ a swindler. ORIGIN originally meaning a person who sold patent medicines in public places : from Italian monta in banco! climb on the bench! , with allusion to the raised platform used by mountebanks to attract an audience …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 mountebank — 1. noun /ˈmaʊntəˌbæŋk/ a) One who sells dubious medicines There is nothing so impossible in Nature but mountebanks will undertake; nothing so incredible but they will affirm. John Bull b) One who sells by deception; a con artist; a charlatan.… …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 mountebank — I. noun Etymology: Italian montimbanco, from montare to mount + in in, on + banco, banca bench Date: 1577 1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform 2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender ; charlatan • mountebankery noun II …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 mountebank — mountebankery /mown teuh bangk euh ree/, n. /mown teuh bangk /, n. 1. a person who sells quack medicines, as from a platform in public places, attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc. 2. any charlatan or quack. v.i. 3 …

    Universalium

  • 13 mountebank — moun·te·bank mau̇nt i .baŋk n an itinerant hawker of pills and patent medicines esp. from a platform: QUACK <bought an unction of a mountebank (Shak.)> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 14 mountebank — moun•te•bank [[t]ˈmaʊn təˌbæŋk[/t]] n. 1) one who sells quack medicines, appealing to an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc 2) a charlatan 3) to play the mountebank • Etymology: 1570–80; < It montimbanco one who climbs on a bench …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 mountebank — /ˈmaʊntəbæŋk / (say mowntuhbangk) noun 1. someone who sells quack medicines from a platform in public places, appealing to the audience by tricks, storytelling, etc. 2. any charlatan or quack. –verb (i) 3. to play the mountebank. {Italian… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 16 mountebank — Synonyms and related words: artist, artiste, belly dancer, blagueur, bluff, bluffer, burlesque queen, charlatan, cheat, chorine, chorus boy, chorus girl, con man, confidence man, conjurer, coryphee, dancer, dancing girl, defrauder, ecdysiast,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 mountebank — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. charlatan, quack. See deception. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. pretender, charlatan, huckster; see cheat 1 , impostor , quack . See Synonym Study at quack . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. charlatan,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 mountebank — moun|te|bank [ˈmauntıbæŋk] n literary [Date: 1500 1600; : Italian; Origin: montimbanco, from monta in banco get on the bench ; because people selling things to the public stood on a raised surface] a dishonest person who tricks and deceives… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 mountebank — moun|te|bank [ mauntə,bæŋk ] noun count OLD FASHIONED someone who pretends to be someone they are not or pretends to be able to do things they cannot do: FRAUD …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 mountebank —  A charlatan …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors