ventriloquial

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ventriloquy +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /vɛntɹɪˈləʊkwɪəl/

Adjective[edit]

ventriloquial (comparative more ventriloquial, superlative most ventriloquial)

  1. of or relating to ventriloquy
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 125:
      Her voice came, muffled, as if from the back of the top of his head. The ventriloquial effect was startling.
    • 2001 June 1, Jay Kirk, “Preachin' Puppets”, Chicago Reader:
      Learn the ventriloquial alphabet: A C D E G H I J K L N O Q R S T U X Z
  2. spoken to oneself
    • 1915, William J. Locke, Jaffery[1]:
      He threw half-crowns up into the air until they disappeared into the central blue, and then held a ventriloquial conversation, not in the best of taste, with the celestial spirits, who having caught the coins announced their intention of sticking to them.