[too m-ler]
  1. 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.
  2. any lively, prankish, or mischievous man.

Origin of tummler

1930–35; < Yiddish tumler one who makes a racket, stir, equivalent to tuml(en) to make a racket + -er -er1; compare Middle High German getümel noise; see tumble
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British Dictionary definitions for tummler


  1. 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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