quack·​sal·​ver ˈkwak-ˌsal-vər How to pronounce quacksalver (audio)

Examples of quacksalver in a Sentence

the medical impostors on the information superhighway are no more scrupulous than earlier quacksalvers who traveled along the streets of towns and villages

Word History


obsolete Dutch (now kwakzalver)

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quacksalver was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Quacksalver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quacksalver. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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