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funambulist

[fyoo-nam-byuh-list]
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noun
  1. a tightrope walker.
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Origin of funambulist

1785–95; < Latin fūnambul(us) ropedancer + -ist
Related formsfu·nam·bu·lism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for funambulist

funambulist

noun
  1. a tightrope walker
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Derived Formsfunambulism, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin fūnambulus rope dancer, from fūnis rope + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for funambulist

n.

"rope-walker," 1793, coined from Latin funis "rope" + ambulare "to walk" (see amble (v.)).

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