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
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.
"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
Conventional creative writing teaching would have us believe that the ventriloquist is a more fully evolved lifeform than the exhibitionist.
The vagaries of a ventriloquist are a matter for roars of laughter.
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.
wow. if the ventriloquist was the highlight of the entertainment - the other stuff must have been BBBAAAADDD!
It's just another example, I think, of Lemire's well-worn "ventriloquist" tactic. posted by Dr. Dawg at 3: 24 PM
Though the words are those of Paredes, there is little doubt that the "ventriloquist" was Alamán.
Dana Milbank thinks that he has found a "ventriloquist" providing GOP talking points on health care.
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’.