• synonyms


[ven-tril-uh-kwiz-uh m]
  1. the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a wooden dummy.
Show More

Origin of ventriloquism

1790–1800; ventriloqu(y) (< Medieval Latin ventriloquium, equivalent to Late Latin ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri- ventri- + -loquus, derivative of loquī to speak) + -ium -ium) + -ism
Also called ven·tril·o·quy [ven-tril-uh-kwee] /vɛnˈtrɪl ə kwi/.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ventriloquism

Contemporary Examples of ventriloquism

Historical Examples of ventriloquism

British Dictionary definitions for ventriloquism



  1. the art of producing vocal sounds that appear to come from another source
Show More
Derived Formsventriloquial (ˌvɛntrɪˈləʊkwɪəl) or ventriloqual (vɛnˈtrɪləkwəl), adjectiveventriloquially, adverbventriloquist, nounventriloquistic, adjective

Word Origin for ventriloquism

C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ventriloquism


1773, from ventriloquy + -ism.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper