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Definition of "mountebank" [mount•e•bank]

  • A hawker of quack medicines who attracts customers with stories, jokes, or tricks. (noun)
  • A flamboyant charlatan. (noun)
  • To act as a mountebank. (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To ensnare or prevail over with trickery. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mountebank" in a sentence
  • "In those days, pundit would have more likely been a synonym for 'mountebank', a delicious word, which has disappeared from usage."
  • "He spoke the word "mountebank" sneeringly, and John flushed."
  • "He went instantly to the prison, descended to the cell of the "mountebank," called him by name, took him by the hand, and spoke to him."