Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He never missed, he never stumbled; for he was tumbler and wire-walker and saltimbanque in one.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Studies of Animal life and Character

  • If he be not frugal he steers directly for that last tragic scene of _le vieux saltimbanque_; if he be not frugal he will find it hard to continue to be honest.

    Emerson and Other Essays

  • Fabrice is attacked by, and after a rough-and-tumble struggle kills, his saltimbanque rival in the affections of a low-class actress, and then has a series of escapes from the Austrian police on the banks of the Po, has a little more of the exciting about it.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • De Banville has been called, by people who do not like, and who apparently have not read him, _un saltimbanque litteraire_ (a literary rope-dancer).

    Essays in Little

  • Besides, the whole notion of a mock ghost was vulgarised by Wilmot's foolery, who ought to have been born a saltimbanque, and spent his life in a fair.

    London Pride Or When the World Was Younger

  • 'Pardon my blundering,' he said; 'I have never engaged a saltimbanque before.'

    Vittoria — Volume 5

  • It was fortunate for the old Arab that the effort thus made by the amateur _saltimbanque_ had shaken the dirk from his grasp, else, in another instant, the camel would have ceased to "carry double."

    The Boy Slaves


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "travelling acrobat"


    July 14, 2009