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funambulist Line breaks: fu¦nam|bu¦list
Pronunciation: /fjuːˈnambjʊlɪst/

Definition of funambulist in English:


A tightrope walker.
Example sentences
  • The masked funambulist Ginés de Pasamonte was disguised as the puppeteer Master Pedro?
  • Then, from one generation the next, the Venetians battled the elements like funambulists walking a tight-rope.
  • After all, both men were both expert funambulists, having risen to the rank of Black Belt in the Ringling Brothers School of Aerial Arts.


Pronunciation: /fjuːˈnambjʊlɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • The tightrope outside Philippe Petit's house is iced with a thick frosting of snow - as is the long pole he uses to balance when he walks the wire: so there will be no funambulism for the Frenchman today.
  • As the time wore on, funambulism became almost commonplace, performers tried to outdo one another by narrowing the rope and increasing their speed.
  • The trapeze artist provides a crash course in funambulism.


Late 18th century: from French funambule or Latin funambulus (from funis 'rope' + ambulare 'to walk') + -ist.

Words that rhyme with funambulist

noctambulist, somnambulist
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