Definitions

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

  • n. Ventriloquism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ventriloquism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as ventriloquism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as ventriloquism.

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

  • n. the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)

Etymologies

Latin venter ("stomach") + loqui ("to speak") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the name of mankind, treat Mr. Cao with ventriloquy.

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  • I once tried to explain the concept of radio ventriloquy, vis-a-vis Peter Brough and Archie Andrews, to a bunch of Hong Kong students .......

    Blimey O' Riley

  • If the canon manifests itself to Clare as an enchanted silence, the act of writing commits him to ventriloquy or impersonation, making Hessey's advice "to write in your own natural Style" (qtd. in CL 200) altogether untenable.

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  • SHAKESPEARE: _ (In dignified ventriloquy) _ 'Tis the loud laugh bespeaks the vacant mind.

    Ulysses

  • Roxy and Virgie, in their clean Sunday suits, loitered around the bridge behind the store, or strayed a little way up the Manokin brook, hearing the mocking-bird rend his breast in all the ventriloquy of genius.

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  • He made an attempt at ventriloquy, saying in a voice to sound farther off than it was, "Come in."

    Donal Grant, by George MacDonald

  • This is a remarkable act of ventriloquy -- a cup speaking on behalf of a person -- but it's not really an expression of thanks.

    SI.com

  • That will give him more time for his other job - ventriloquy and polyphony (sound effects).

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  • Regardless, the two new women we meet, Kakuka (the nosebleeder) and Teiiku (a short little girl who carries a doll on her head whom she gives voice to with ventriloquy), are on their way to find Sousou, since they are strategists and wish to offer their services to the Lesbian Army (no, that's not the real name for Sousou's faction, but it fits).

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  • It just goes to show how much the Britney Spears camp has changed in recent months – previously Britney would have dealt with a rumour like this by stumbling across a car park in a pink wig babbling in a terrible British accent before indulging in some light shoplifting and treating a crowd of paparazzi to an extensive display of vaginal ventriloquy, but now she can get someone to rattle off a blog post about it within an hour our two.

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