noun pun·chi·nel·lo \ˌpən-chə-ˈne-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of punchinello

  1. 1 capitalized :  a fat short humpbacked clown or buffoon in Italian puppet shows

  2. 2 plural punchinellos :  a squat grotesque person

Origin and Etymology of punchinello

modification of Italian dialect polecenella

First Known Use: 1662

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