Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) One who practiced legerdemain or sleight of hand; a prestigiator; a magician; a juggler who produced optical illusions by mechanical contrivances; hence, an impostor; a cheat.
‘Tregetour’ comes from the Old French ‘tregeter,’ throw around.
“So even though his gray eyes are elfin, lanky body wizardly, and ‘straight white teeth’ the better part of human, Cayden (Cade) knows he’s ugly. At least he’s a ‘tregetour,’ which the concluding List of Terms defines as ‘originally a street magician, evolved into the word for a playwright’ and he calls ‘a crafter of words, a designer of specific magics.’”
“The captives answered not his address, but nestled close to each other, interchanging, at intervals, words of comfort, and recoiling as far as possible from the ex-tregetour, who, having taken with him a more congenial companion in the shape of a great leathern bottle, finally sunk into the silent and complacent doze which usually rewards the libations to the Bromian god.”
“In his youth he had been an itinerant mountebank, or, as it was called, tregetour.”