[ muh-nip-yuh-ley-ter ]
/ məˈnɪp yəˌleɪ tər /


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

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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