a young child.


Origin of moppet

1900–05; obsolete mop rag doll, baby (see mop1) + -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moppet

Historical Examples of moppet

  • Dora was already tired of him; so he was soon forgotten by all but Moppet.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • Nobody ever knew the best part of the story but Moppet, Davy, and Gulliver.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • But did you remember the airs of the moppet—Could any thing be more ridiculous?

    The Heiress;

    John Burgoyne

  • "Let us climb up the rockery, and sit on the garden wall," said Moppet.

  • While their mother was searching the house, Moppet and Mittens had got into mischief.

British Dictionary definitions for moppet



a less common word for poppet (def. 1)

Word Origin for moppet

C17: from obsolete mop rag doll; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for moppet

endearing term for a baby, a girl, etc., c.1600, from Middle English moppe "little child, baby doll" (mid-15c.) + -et, diminutive suffix. The Middle English word also meant "simpleton, fool," and may have been cognate with Low German mop "simpleton" [Barnhart]. Or, if "baby doll" is the original sense in Middle English, perhaps from Latin mappa "napkin, tablecloth," hence "rag doll."

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