Origin of puppet
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Examples from the Web for puppet
In 2006, Israel's Rechov Sumsum added Mahboub, an Arab-Israeli puppet who spoke both languages on the series.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
It was a hand, it was a puppet, it was half-CGI, but mostly puppetry.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
In another study, children saw a puppet show where a mouse was eaten by an alligator.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
One of the student leaders, Joshua Wong, was accused of being a puppet of the American government.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
GoDaddy: Puppet Master Scantily clad women and sexy Danica Patrick are so last year.The 15 Best Super Bowl 2014 Commercials
February 2, 2014
He might be a puppet's puppet, but he knew exactly the disposition of the strings.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
She would be of age in a day or two, no longer the puppet of her father's will.Dreamers of the Ghetto
It is said in this country, yes, and in others, that the Czar is a puppet.
I myself should be a puppet, a doll, at the beck and call of a master.
"Perhaps I shall see you at your puppet show some evening," he said.
- a small doll or figure of a person or animal moved by strings attached to its limbs or by the hand inserted in its cloth body
- (as modifier)a puppet theatre
- a person, group, state, etc, that appears independent but is in fact controlled by another
- (as modifier)a puppet government
Word Origin and History for puppet
"doll moved by strings or wires" (later applied to puppets in glove form), 1530s, later form of Middle English popet "doll" (c.1300; cf. poppet), from Old French popette "little doll, puppet," diminutive of popee "doll, puppet" (13c., Modern French poupée), from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latin pupa "girl; doll" (see pupil (n.1)).
Metaphoric extension to "one whose actions are manipulated by another" first recorded 1540s (as poppet). Puppet show attested from 1650s, earlier puppet-play (1550s). Puppet government is attested from 1884 (in reference to Egypt).