[ toom-ler ]
/ ˈtʊm lər /
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a male entertainer, as formerly employed by resorts in the Catskill Mountains, who combined the duties of a comedian, activities director, and master of ceremonies to keep the guests amused throughout the day.
any lively, prankish, or mischievous man.



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Origin of tummler

First recorded in 1930–35; from Yiddish tumler “one who makes a racket or stir,” equivalent to tuml(en) “to make a racket” + -er; compare Middle High German getümel “noise”; see -er1; see origin at tumble
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British Dictionary definitions for tummler

/ (ˈtʌmlə) /


a comedian or other entertainer employed to encourage audience participation or to encourage guests at a resort to take part in communal activities

Word Origin for tummler

C20: Yiddish, from tumlen to stir, bustle
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