acrobat

[ak-ruh-bat]
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noun
  1. a skilled performer of gymnastic feats, as walking on a tightrope or swinging on a trapeze.
  2. a person who readily changes viewpoints or opinions.

Origin of acrobat

1815–25; < French acrobate < Greek akróbatos walking on tiptoe, equivalent to akro- acro- + -batos, verbal adjective of baínein to go; French word may be recoinage, or etymological reading of the Gk word
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acrobat

noun
  1. an entertainer who performs acts that require skill, agility, and coordination, such as tumbling, swinging from a trapeze, or walking a tightrope
  2. a person noted for his frequent and rapid changes of position or allegiancesa political acrobat
Derived Formsacrobatic, adjectiveacrobatically, adverb

Word Origin for acrobat

C19: via French from Greek akrobatēs acrobat, one who walks on tiptoe, from acro- + bat-, from bainein to walk
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Word Origin and History for acrobat
n.

1825, from French acrobate (14c.), "tightrope-walker," and directly from Greek akrobates "rope dancer, gymnastic performer," related to akrobatos "going on tip-toe, climbing up high," from akros "topmost, at the point end" (see acrid) + stem of bainein "walk, go" (see come).

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