There was a mountebank conjurer seated on a table, performing all sorts of wonders before a gaping crowd.
It was not of the least use to me that I knew he was not the illustrious general, but simply a mountebank.
The one saw a mountebank and impostor—the other recognised a profound artist and an inspired prophet.
If I were a mountebank or a charlatan I would claim that it cures a hundred diseases.
I feared the woman had no better thought than to make a mountebank of her child!
But his natural gift was to be a mountebank, a clown, a circus Hercules.
He seemed a youthful Magian, and almost a mountebank together.
You must often have had your head against this mountebank jacket of mine.
A little while since a mountebank pair called at St. Aliquis.
"So this going about as a mountebank is only a masquerade," she said, with a touch of scorn.
"a doctor that mounts a bench in the market, and boasts his infallible remedies and cures" [Johnson], 1570s, from Italian montambanco, contraction of monta in banco "quack, juggler," literally "mount on bench" (to be seen by crowd), from monta, imperative of montare "to mount" (see mount (v.)) + banco, variant of banca "bench" (see bank (n.2)). Figurative and extended senses from 1580s.