quacksalver

[ kwak-sal-ver ]
/ ˈkwækˌsæl vər /

noun

a quack doctor.
a charlatan.

Nearby words

  1. quaalude,
  2. quack,
  3. quack grass,
  4. quacker,
  5. quackery,
  6. quaco,
  7. quad,
  8. quad bike,
  9. quad cities,
  10. quad left

Origin of quacksalver

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

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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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Word Origin and History for quacksalver

quacksalver

n.

1570s; see quack (n.1).

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