Definition of ventriloquist in English:

ventriloquist

Line breaks: ven|trilo|quist
Pronunciation: /vɛnˈtrɪləkwɪst
 
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noun

A person, especially an entertainer, who can make their voice appear to come from somewhere else, typically a dummy of a person or animal.
More example sentences
  • This is part of his insightful and terrifyingly personal series of poems from a ventriloquist's dummy to its puppeteer.
  • Like two ventriloquists ' dummies or two sides of the same coin, both master and slave are locked in association.
  • Talking of which, I've just got a great job: it's writing a 20 minute dialogue for a ventriloquist and dummy.

Origin

mid 17th century: from modern Latin ventriloquium (from Latin venter 'belly' + loqui 'speak') + -ist.

Derivatives

ventriloquial

Pronunciation: /ˌvɛntrɪˈləʊkwɪəl/
adjective
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  • In reality they deny the expressive contradictions of the human face and lend the chorus, in particular, a strangely ventriloquial air.
  • From another character, meanwhile, comes this ventriloquial statement: ‘I suppose that's the question, isn't it?
  • Even in summer one has to be very lucky to see the cuckoo, for its call is ventriloquial and people have gone mad trying to locate it.

ventriloquism

noun
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  • Should pantomime, ventriloquism, and verbiage be mixed?
  • Mrs Richards said: ‘I have done puppet and ventriloquism shows all over the country, but it's great to get the puppets on display in Essex.’
  • It is a mix of wit, ventriloquism, shadow play and mime.

ventriloquize

(also ventriloquise) verb
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  • Her baby is a hand puppet, for which she is totally unable to ventriloquize a voice.
  • Fanon famously and compellingly ventriloquizes the statement implicitly directed to him by French culture: ‘You come too late, much too late.’
  • In this letter, Belford ventriloquizes Clarissa's voice perfectly.

ventriloquy

noun
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  • But what transforms these lip synced sound bites beyond mere ventriloquy is the genius of Lip Service's fluid vibrations and stop-cut undulations.
  • As always this amounts to a slightly stylized ventriloquy, creating an effect of distance, things seen at one remove.
  • Accessories can help your iPod do many things, but radio ventriloquy is not one of them.

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