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[stooj] /studʒ/
an entertainer who feeds lines to the main comedian and usually serves as the butt of his or her jokes.
any underling, assistant, or accomplice.
verb (used without object), stooged, stooging.
to act as a stooge.
Origin of stooge
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They tried to tell people what Venus was like, and what lies Carlson and his stooge Jaimison were using for bait.

    The Merchants of Venus A. H. Phelps
  • The papers said that the steel necktie worn by my stooge at the theatre had to be cut off by a water-cooled electric saw.

    The Double Spy Dan T. Moore
  • If I'm half as good a stooge as I think I am, we'll be needing overcoats before we get back.

  • If the contest was a part of the day's program, no spectator seemed willing to play "stooge" in this preliminary performance.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • And see how he managed to slide in that bit about corruption, right before his stooge handed him that bulletin?

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • His stooge, who had already risen with a prepared speech of seconding, simply gaped.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for stooge


an actor who feeds lines to a comedian or acts as his foil or butt
(slang) someone who is taken advantage of by another
verb (intransitive)
(slang) to act as a stooge
(slang) foll by about or around. (esp in the RAF) to fly or move about aimlessly
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stooge

1913, "stage assistant," of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of student (with the mispronunciation STOO-jent), in sense of "apprentice." Meaning "lackey, person used for another's purpose" first recorded 1937, perhaps influenced by the Three Stooges film comedy act, which had been appearing in movies since 1930, starting as "Ted Healy and His Stooges."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stooge



A servile assistant; a mere ?unky or tool: Whenever Gulliver is not acting as a stooge there is a sort of continuity in his character/ his bail-bond stooges (1913+)


: We're glad to stooge for him (1939+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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