Definitions for ventriloquismvɛnˈtrɪl əˌkwɪz əm; -kwi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ven•tril•o•quismvɛnˈtrɪl əˌkwɪz əm; -kwi(n.)

also ven•tril•o•quy

  1. the art or practice of speaking with little or no lip movement so that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source.

Origin of ventriloquism:

1790–1800; ventriloqu(y) (< ML ventriloquium= LL ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri-ventri - +-loquus, der. of loquī to speak) +-ium -ium1) + -ism


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ventriloquism, ventriloquy(noun)

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


  1. ventriloquism(Noun)

    The art of projecting one's voice without moving the lips so that it appears to come from another source, such as a dummy.

  2. Origin: ventriloquy + -ism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ventriloquism(noun)

    the act, art, or practice of speaking in such a manner that the voice appears to come, not from the person speaking, but from some other source, as from the opposite side of the room, from the cellar, etc


  1. Ventriloquism

    Ventriloquism, or ventriloquy, is an act of stagecraft in which a person changes his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere, usually a puppeteered "dummy". The act of ventriloquism is ventriloquizing, and the ability to do so is commonly called in English the ability to "throw" one's voice.

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