- a young child.
Origin of moppet
Examples from the Web for moppet
Dora was already tired of him; so he was soon forgotten by all but Moppet.
Nobody ever knew the best part of the story but Moppet, Davy, and Gulliver.
But did you remember the airs of the moppet—Could any thing be more ridiculous?The Heiress;
"Let us climb up the rockery, and sit on the garden wall," said Moppet.The Tale of Tom Kitten
While their mother was searching the house, Moppet and Mittens had got into mischief.The Tale of Samuel Whiskers
- a less common word for poppet (def. 1)
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."