an entertainer or social director whose function is to stimulate participation by the guests, as at a resort on the borscht circuit
Origin of tummlerYiddish from German from tummeln, to move about, bestir oneself: see tumble
- One, such as a social director or entertainer, who encourages guest or audience participation.
- One who incites others to action.
Origin of tummlerYiddish tumler from tumlen to make a racket
- An employee - usually male - of a Catskill Mountains resort charged with the duty of entertaining guests throughout the day by providing any number of services, from comedian to master of ceremonies.
- A lively, mischievous man.
Circa 1930, Yiddish.[script?]