Quacksalver definition

kwăksălvər
A quack or charlatan.
noun
0
0
(now rare) A quack; charlatan.
noun
0
0
(archaic) One falsely claiming to possess medical or other skills, especially one who dispenses potions, ointments, etc. supposedly having curative powers.
noun
0
0
Advertisement

Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of quacksalver - quack-salver

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quacksalver
Plural:
quacksalvers

Origin of quacksalver

  • Obsolete Dutch Middle Dutch quac- unguent or quacken to quack, boast Middle Dutch salven to salve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • c 1570, from Dutch kwakzalver (“hawker of salve"), from Middle Dutch quacken (“to brag, boast; to croak")

    From Wiktionary