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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Noun- A clown or buffoon suggestive of a fat short humpbacked character in Italian puppet shows.

Usage examples (13)
  • “You are lying,” roared Raskolnikov without restraint, “you lie, you damned punchinello!” and he rushed at Porfiry who retreated to the other door, not at all alarmed.
  • Yet the public of Vienna are extravagantly fond of display in all its shapes; and punchinello, or a dance of dogs, would bring a head to every pane of glass, from the...
  • He even discovers an Italian punchinello figuring in a Danish puppet-show; and as it was during the month of August that he found himself in Denmark, the weather was not...
  • Harlequin, punchinello, pantaloon, &c., have the same character in every different piece. for more
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