Punchinello definition

pŭnchə-nĕlō
The short fat buffoon or clown in an Italian puppet show.
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One who resembles a short fat clown.
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A prototype of Punch.
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(person, proper) A buffoon; clown.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
punchinello
Plural:
punchinelloes, punchinellos

Origin of punchinello

  • Variant of Polichinello from Italian dialectal Pollecinella diminutive of pollecena turkey pullet (from the resemblance between its beak and Punchinello's nose) ultimately from Latin pullus young chicken pullet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition