acrobat

[ ak-ruh-bat ]
/ ˈæk rəˌbæt /

noun

a skilled performer of gymnastic feats, as walking on a tightrope or swinging on a trapeze.
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

/ (ˈækrəˌbæt) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

acrobatic, 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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