a person who manipulates.
a mechanical device for the remote handling of objects or materials in conditions not permitting the immediate presence of workers.

Origin of manipulator

First recorded in 1850–55; manipulate + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for manipulator

schemer, operator, conductor, agent, conspirator, controller

Examples from the Web for manipulator

Contemporary Examples of manipulator

Historical Examples of manipulator

  • "You can take that manipulator off in an hour or so," he told me.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Even so masterful a manipulator of men as Cecil Rhodes failed with him.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • But there is one disappointment often awaiting the manipulator of mankind.

  • He considered himself, and indeed he was, above all things, a manipulator of men.

    Name and Fame

    Adeline Sergeant

  • Yet this boy was declared by the manipulator to have a decided talent for mathematics.

    In the School-Room

    John S. Hart

Word Origin and History for manipulator

1804, from manipulate with Latin agent noun ending. Perhaps formed on model of French manipulateur (1783).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper