ventriloquist

[ven-tril-uh-kwist]
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Origin of ventriloquist

1650–60; ventriloqu(y) + -ist
Related formsven·tril·o·quis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ventriloquist

Contemporary Examples of ventriloquist

  • He becomes a ventriloquist, and gets laughs only when the dummy pees on him.

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    YouTube's Rising Cartoon Star

    James Gavin

    September 3, 2010

  • When the ventriloquist is a voice of experience and not of love, words are no longer material for heartfelt expression.

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    Sex Advice from Cyrano

    Ben Crair

    July 23, 2009

Historical Examples of ventriloquist

  • But she thinks you are a sort of ventriloquist, and can throw your voice anywhere you like.

    A Modern Tomboy

    L. T. Meade

  • And he could imitate animals, and as you say, he was probably a ventriloquist.

    Simon

    J. Storer Clouston

  • "There speaks the ventriloquist again," sighed Frank, in bitterness.

    The Confidence-Man

    Herman Melville

  • The vagaries of a ventriloquist are a matter for roars of laughter.

    A Padre in France

    George A. Birmingham

  • I have therefore taken upon me to call it the "Ventriloquist."


Word Origin and History for ventriloquist
n.

1650s, from ventriloquy + -ist. Ventriloquists in ancient Greece were Pythones, a reference to the Delphic Oracle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper