Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One, especially an entertainer, who is adept at ventriloquism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person, especially an entertainer, who practices ventriloquism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who practices, or is skilled in, ventriloquism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises or is skilled in ventriloquism; one who speaks in such a manner that his voice appears to come from some distant place or other quarter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy

Etymologies

ventriloquy + -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It comes from two words - venter, which means tummy, and loqui, which means to speak - in other words a ventriloquist was supposed to be a man who could speak by using his tummy in some way.

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  • "In the 10 years I've worked with him, I don't think I've even used the word ventriloquist when I describe him," Brown-Marmel told

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  • Conventional creative writing teaching would have us believe that the ventriloquist is a more fully evolved lifeform than the exhibitionist.

    :Acquired Taste

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

    A Padre in France

  • To date, the ventriloquist is the only variety act to win America's Got Talent in four series - the previous and subsequent winners have all been singers - and it is a feat he is very proud of.

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  • wow. if the ventriloquist was the highlight of the entertainment - the other stuff must have been BBBAAAADDD!

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  • It's just another example, I think, of Lemire's well-worn "ventriloquist" tactic. posted by Dr. Dawg at 3: 24 PM

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  • Though the words are those of Paredes, there is little doubt that the "ventriloquist" was Alamán.

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  • Dana Milbank thinks that he has found a "ventriloquist" providing GOP talking points on health care.

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  • In our own literary ghetto, the author most infamous for this kind of ventriloquist work is, as James Blish dubbed him, ‘Heinlein, son of Heinlein’.

    Sock Puppet, son of Sock Puppet

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