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.
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How to use Punchinello in a sentence
Punch and Punchinello, or Pierre and Pierrot are the father and the son of the ancient holy-days or holidays.Archaic England | Harold Bayley
Here and there a small group gazed at the performances of Punchinello; a few equipages drove along its centre way.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army | Charles Alexander Gordon
It was as though a parrot or a Punchinello spoke, and sentences which were unexpected could not be understood.Heroes of the Telegraph | J. Munro
But any though he is, he is as capable of devotion to his Columbine as Punchinello, and remains faithfully mated year after year.Bird Neighbors | Neltje Blanchan
She had been angry with Glyde, but now could think of him as "poor Struan," Punchinello in a rustic comedy.Rest Harrow | Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for Punchinello
a type of clown from Italian burlesque or puppet shows, the prototype of Punch
(sometimes not capital) any grotesque or absurd character
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