quack

Definitions:

  • The characteristic sound uttered by a duck.
  • To utter the characteristic sound of a duck.
  • An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
  • A charlatan; a mountebank.
  • Relating to or characteristic of a quack.
  • To act as a medical quack or a charlatan.
  • To utter a harsh, flat, croaking sound or cry, as a goose or duck; croak; now, usually, to cry as a duck.
  • To make an outcry: said of persons.
  • A harsh, croaking sound.
  • The cry of a duck; a quacking.
  • See <internalXref urlencoded="couac">couac</internalXref>.
  • To talk noisily and ostentatiously; make vain and loud pretensions.
  • To play the quack; practise arts of quackery, as a pretender to medical skill.
  • To treat in the manner of a quack; play the quack with.
  • To tamper with dishonestly; use fraudulently.
  • An impudent and fraudulent pretender to medical skill; a mountebank; a knavish practitioner of medicine.
  • Hence One who pretends to skill or knowledge of any kind which he does not possess; an ignorant and impudent pretender; a charlatan.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Quack, Empiric, Mountebank, Charlatan.</em> A <em>quack</em> is, by derivation, one who talks much without wisdom, and, specifically, talks of his own power to heal; hence, any ignorant pretender to medical knowledge or skill. <em>Empiric</em> is a more elevated term for one who goes by mere experience in the trial of remedies, and is without knowledge of the medical sciences or of the clinical observations and opinions of others; hence, an incompetent, self-confident practitioner. A <em>mountebank</em> is generally a <em>quack</em>, but may be a pretender in any line. <em>Charlatan</em> (literally ‘chatterer’) is primarily applied, not to a person belonging to any particular profession or occupation, but to a pretentious cheat of any sort.
  • Pertaining to or characterized by quackery of any kind; specifically, falsely pretending to cure disease, or ignorantly or fraudulently set forth as remedies: as, a <em>quack</em> doctor; <em>quack</em> medicines.
  • Pertaining to or characterized by, boasting and pretension; used by quacks; pretending to cure diseases
  • To utter a sound like the cry of a duck.
  • To make vain and loud pretensions; to boast.
  • To act the part of a quack, or pretender.
  • The cry of the duck, or a sound in imitation of it; a hoarse, quacking noise.
  • A boastful pretender to medical skill; an empiric; an ignorant practitioner.
  • Hence, one who boastfully pretends to skill or knowledge of any kind not possessed; a charlatan.
  • The sound made by a <xref>duck</xref>.
  • To make a <xref>noise</xref> like a <xref>duck</xref>.
  • A fraudulent <xref>healer</xref> or incompetent <xref>doctor</xref> of <xref>medicine</xref>, an <xref>impostor</xref> who claims to have qualifications to practice <xref>medicine</xref>.
  • A <xref>charlatan</xref>.
  • A <xref>doctor</xref>.
  • To practice, commit <xref>quackery</xref>.
  • falsely presented as having <xref>medicinal</xref> <xref>powers</xref>.
  • an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
  • act as a medical quack or a charlatan
  • utter quacking noises
  • medically unqualified
  • the harsh sound of a duck
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