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quacksalver

[ kwak-sal-ver ]
/ ˈkwækˌsæl vər /
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noun

a quack doctor.
a charlatan.

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Origin of quacksalver

1570–80; <early Dutch (now kwakzalver); see quack1, salve1, -er1

Words nearby quacksalver

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Example sentences from the Web for quacksalver

  • Francis Quicksilver, would God thou hadst turned quacksalver, rather than run into these dissolute and lewd courses!

  • I have done ill to unbosom myself so far to this poisonous quacksalver.

    The Fair Maid of Perth|Sir Walter Scott
  • Am I not yclept quacksalver by those that come not near me, and wizard by those I heal?

British Dictionary definitions for quacksalver

quacksalver
/ (ˈkwækˌsælvə) /

noun

an archaic word for quack 2

Word Origin for quacksalver

C16: from Dutch, from quack, apparently: to hawk + salf salve 1
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