quackest

quack

2 [kwak]
noun
1.
a fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill.
2.
a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess; a charlatan.
adjective
3.
being a quack: a quack psychologist who complicates everyone's problems.
4.
presented falsely as having curative powers: quack medicine.
5.
of, pertaining to, or befitting a quack or quackery: quack methods.
verb (used with object)
6.
to treat in the manner of a quack.
7.
to advertise or sell with fraudulent claims.

Origin:
1620–30; short for quacksalver

quackish, adjective
quackishly, adverb
quackishness, noun


2. mountebank, phony.
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quack1 (kwæk)
 
vb
1.  (of a duck) to utter a harsh guttural sound
2.  to make a noise like a duck
 
n
3.  the harsh guttural sound made by a duck
 
[C17: of imitative origin; related to Dutch kwakken, German quacken]

quack2 (kwæk)
 
n
1.  a.  an unqualified person who claims medical knowledge or other skills
 b.  (as modifier): a quack doctor
2.  informal (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) a doctor; physician or surgeon
 
vb
3.  (intr) to act in the manner of a quack
 
[C17: short for quacksalver]
 
'quackish2
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

quack
"to make a duck sound," 1617, quelke, of echoic origin (cf. M.Du. quacken, O.C.S. kvakati, L. coaxare "to croak," Gk. koax "the croaking of frogs," Hitt. akuwakuwash "frog"). M.E. on the quakke (14c.) meant "hoarse, croaking."

quack
"medical charlatan," 1638, short for quacksalver (1579), from Du. kwaksalver, lit. "hawker of salve," from M.Du. quacken "to brag, boast," lit. "to croak" (see quack (v.)) + zalf "salve." Cf. Ger. Quacksalber, Dan. kvaksalver, Swed. kvacksalvare.
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quack (kwāk)
n.

  1. An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.

  2. A charlatan.


quack'er·y n.
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