Punchinello

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Punchinello A punch; a buffoon; originally, in a puppet show, a character represented as fat, short, and humpbacked.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Punchinello [lowercase] A puppet; specifically, a popular puppet of Italian origin, the prototype of Punch. See Punch.
    • n Punchinello Any grotesque or absurd personage, likened to the familiar character of the popular comedy in Italy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Punchinello punsh-i-nel′o the short, hump-backed figure of a puppet-show: a buffoon, any grotesque personage.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. pulcinella, probably originally a word of endearment, dim. of pulcina, pulcino, a chicken, from L. pullicenus, pullus,. See Pullet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. pulcinello, dim. of pulcino, a chicken, child—L. pullus, a young animal.

Usage

In literature:

Here I meant to do some fine writing, but as this is PUNCHINELLO, and not the "Easy Chair" of Harper's Magazine, I conquer the temptation.
"Punchinello, Vol. 2, No. 29, October 15, 1870" by Various
PUNCHINELLO is not a Sirius journal.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., Issue 31, October 29, 1870" by Various
Remember, the only genuine letters are those in PUNCHINELLO.
"Punchinello Vol. II., No. 30, October 22, 1870" by Various
MR. PUNCHINELLO has here given a skeleton sketch of his great work upon politics.
"Punchinello, Vol. 2., No. 32, November 5, 1870" by Various
PUNCHINELLO has an Editor's Drawer, and a very nice one, too.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 33, November 12, 1870" by Various
PUNCHINELLO for the throne of Spain!
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 35, November 26, 1870" by Various
I could give you frightful instances of the appalling depth to which the men who make puns in PUNCHINELLO occasionally sink.
"Punchinello, Volume 2, No. 37, December 10, 1870" by Various
If they should appeal to Nature's Standard, and pronounce Mr. PUNCHINELLO the handsomest man in New York, who could wonder?
"Punchinello, Vol. II. No. 38, Saturday, December 17, 1870." by Various
In regard to the fashion for ladies, Mr. PUNCHINELLO cannot now enter into details, but he will give a slight description of a few novelties.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 39., Saturday, December 24, 1870." by Various
On occasions PUNCHINELLO can "bellow," cut a "tremendous swell," O, and he never throws away a chance of pocketing the "yellow.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 1, Saturday, April 2, 1870" by Various
In fact it has much of the garish misery of the Punchinello story.
"The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2" by Rupert Hughes
In contrast to him, my father used to cite Punchinello, the children's toy, an object of ridicule.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
On the stage Harlequin and Punchinello were as usual quarreling with each other, and threatening every moment to come to blows.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
Lo, To Mr. Punchinello.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
People will fancy when they see me that I am the envoy of a colony founded by Punchinello.
"Pride" by Eugène Sue
Punchinello himself would grow melancholy with such a life as hers.
"Erlach Court" by Ossip Schubin
It it sed (but not offishall) that Mr. and Mrs. Punchinello will not visit the White Mountains this summer.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
The comedy is called "Columbine and Punchinello," and Nedda, who plays the part of Columbine, is discovered sitting by a table.
"Stars of the Opera" by Mabel Wagnalls
If this goes on, I shall look like a Pierrot instead of a Punchinello.
"Frédérique; vol. 2" by Charles Paul de Kock
Our postillion had the true features of the Venetian Punchinello, and I almost expected to hear him squeak.
"First Impressions on a Tour upon the Continent" by Marianne Baillie
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In poetry:

Come all ye true hearts, who, Old England to save,
Now shoulder the musket, or plough the rough wave,
I will sing you a song of a wonderful fellow,
Who has ruin'd Jack Pudding, and broke Punchinello.
Derry down, down, high derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White