punchinello

noun
pun·​chi·​nel·​lo | \ ˌpən-chə-ˈne-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce punchinello (audio) \

Definition of punchinello

1 capitalized : a fat short humpbacked clown or buffoon in Italian puppet shows
2 plural punchinellos : a squat grotesque person

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Punchinello

First Known Use of punchinello

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for punchinello

modification of Italian dialect polecenella

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“Punchinello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punchinello. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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