funambulism

noun
fu·​nam·​bu·​lism | \ fyu̇-ˈnam-byə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce funambulism (audio) \

Definition of funambulism

1 : tightrope walking
2 : a show especially of mental agility

Other Words from funambulism

funambulist \ fyu̇-​ˈnam-​byə-​list How to pronounce funambulism (audio) \ noun

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Back in ancient Rome, tightrope walking was a popular spectacle at public gatherings. The Latin word for "tightrope walker" is funambulus, from Latin funis, meaning "rope," and ambulare, "to walk." Over time, this fancy word for an impressive act of physical skill and agility also came to mean an impressive act of mental skill or agility.

First Known Use of funambulism

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for funambulism

Latin funambulus ropewalker, from funis rope + ambulare to walk

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“Funambulism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/funambulism. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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