- a quack doctor.
- a charlatan.
Origin of quacksalver
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Related Words for quacksalvermountebank, faker, fake, sharp, whip, counterfeit, actor, cheat, counterfeiter, sham, humbug, phony, bum, pretender, fraud, impostor, pseudo, put-on, charlatan, shark
- 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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Word Origin and History for quacksalver
1570s; see quack (n.1).
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