Polichinelle

n.

"Punch," French (17c.), from Neapolitan Polecenella (see Punch).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for polichinelle

Historical Examples of polichinelle

  • It was Polichinelle that spoke—Polichinelle that mocks what time he slays.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Polichinelle was everything that is fierce, contemptuous, and insistent.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Oh, we shall contrive," said Polichinelle, with his mouth full.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Are you suggesting that Polichinelle should play Scaramouche?

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He put a paper on Polichinelle's table amid the grease-paints.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini