- a tightrope walker.
Origin of funambulist
1785–95; < Latin fūnambul(us) ropedancer + -ist
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- a tightrope walker
C18: from Latin fūnambulus rope dancer, from fūnis rope + ambulāre to walk
Word Origin and History for funambulist
"rope-walker," 1793, coined from Latin funis "rope" + ambulare "to walk" (see amble (v.)).
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