- a grotesque or absurd chief character in a puppet show of Italian origin: the prototype of Punch.
- any similarly grotesque or absurd person or thing.
Origin of Punchinello
Related Words for punchinellofool, jester, mime, buffoon, comedian, comic, prankster, cut-up, madcap, harlequin, wag, ribald, jokester, punch, joker, mountebank, wit, zany, antic, humorist
Examples from the Web for punchinello
Historical Examples of punchinello
A punchinello jarred against him with: “Pardonnez moi, pardie!”The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
It is also from Naples that we have taken the Punchinello dance.A Treatise on the Art of Dancing
Punchinello asks Columbine who has been with her, and she replies, "Only the servant."Stars of the Opera
The circus folk said Punchinello was not well and told him he must rest.
Suddenly the child stopped, for Punchinello was no longer dancing.
- a type of clown from Italian burlesque or puppet shows, the prototype of Punch
- (sometimes not capital) any grotesque or absurd character
Word Origin for Punchinello