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snake charmer

an entertainer who seems to charm venomous snakes, usually by music.
Origin of snake charmer
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was a snake charmer--a Hindoo, doubtless, but too old and too poor to be worth persecuting.

    The Tiger of Mysore G. A. Henty
  • You might have thought he was warning me against a snake charmer.

  • You could do the snake charmer, all right, and easily gabble a lingo that would pass for his.

    With Links of Steel Nicholas Carter
  • Had I been born in those regions I perhaps should have been what is termed a snake charmer.

    George Borrow Edward Thomas
  • As they passed the snake charmer's booth they saw Tex and his companion ahead of them in the crowd, and they grinned broadly.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • Señorita Tanlozo, the snake charmer, offered to let Joe take one of her water anacondas into the tank with him.

  • This charmed the snake and it uncoiled itself from Billy and, swaying its body, crawled toward the snake charmer.

    Billy Whiskers Frances Trego Montgomery
  • Alfred was very much interested in the big snake and the lady whom the lecturer introduced as a snake charmer.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • We are all familiar with the snake charmer, and the charming of birds by snakes.

  • He pointed to a group of natives and Europeans on the other side of the street who were gathered about a snake charmer.

British Dictionary definitions for snake charmer

snake charmer

an entertainer, esp in Asia, who charms or appears to charm snakes by playing music and by rhythmic body movements
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