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The art of projecting one's voice so that it seems to come from another source, as from a wooden figure.

[From Latin ventriloquus, speaking from the belly : venter, ventr-, belly + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

ven′tri·lo′qui·al (-trə-lō′kwē-əl) adj.


(vɛnˈtrɪləˌkwɪzəm) or


(Theatre) the art of producing vocal sounds that appear to come from another source
[C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak]
ventriloquial, ventriloqual adj
ˌventriˈloquially adv
venˈtriloquist n
venˌtriloˈquistic adj


(vɛnˈtrɪl əˌkwɪz əm)

also ven•tril•o•quy


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.
[1790–1800; ventriloqu(y) (< Medieval Latin ventriloquium= Late Latin ventriloqu(us) a ventriloquist (ventri- ventri- + -loquus, derivative of loquī to speak) + -ium -ium1) + -ism]
ven`tri•lo′qui•al (-trəˈloʊ kwi əl) ven•tril′o•qual, adj.
ven`tri•lo′qui•al•ly, adv.


the art or practice of speaking so that the voice seems not to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a mechanical doll. Also called ventriloquy, ventrilocution, gastriloquism. — ventriloquist, n. — ven-triloquistic, adj.
See also: Speech
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ventriloquism - the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)ventriloquism - the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)
artistry, prowess, art - a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"
karnından konuşma


[venˈtrɪləkwɪzəm] Nventriloquia f


nBauchredekunst f, → Bauchreden nt


[vɛnˈtrɪləˌkwɪzəm] nventriloquio


(venˈtriləkwist) noun
a professional entertainer who can speak so that his voice seems to come from some other person or place, especially from a dummy which he controls.
venˈtriloquism noun
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