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poppet

[pop-it]
noun
  1. Also called poppet valve. Machinery. a rising and falling valve consisting of a disk at the end of a vertically set stem, used in internal-combustion and steam engines.
  2. British Dialect. a term of endearment for a girl or child.
  3. Nautical. any of the vertical timbers bracing the bow or stern of a vessel about to be launched.
  4. poppit.
  5. poppethead.
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Origin of poppet

1300–50; Middle English; earlier form of puppet

poppit

or pop·pet, pop-it

[pop-it]
noun
  1. a usually plastic bead that can be connected to or detached from others of the same kind without hooks or clasps, used to form necklaces, bracelets, etc.
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Origin of poppit

First recorded in 1955–60; from the verb phrase pop it
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Contemporary Examples of poppet

Historical Examples of poppet

  • You go your own godless way, free of burdens—you and your Christian poppet.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • She made me a poppet of a piece of scarlet cloth, and I called it after her.

    Soldier Rigdale

    Beulah Marie Dix

  • "I'm glad I remembered to save my poppet," Dolly sought to find some comfort.

    Soldier Rigdale

    Beulah Marie Dix

  • He said as much to Dolly, but she held her poppet closer and shook her head.

    Soldier Rigdale

    Beulah Marie Dix

  • Because she ground the corn and fetched wood all day, and she had no poppet.

    Soldier Rigdale

    Beulah Marie Dix


British Dictionary definitions for poppet

poppet

noun
  1. a term of affection for a small child or sweetheart
  2. Also called: poppet valve a mushroom-shaped valve that is lifted from its seating against a spring by applying an axial force to its stem: commonly used as an exhaust or inlet valve in an internal-combustion engine
  3. nautical a temporary supporting brace for a vessel hauled on land or in a dry dock
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Word Origin for poppet

C14: early variant of puppet
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Word Origin and History for poppet

n.

"small human figure used in witchcraft and sorcery," c.1300, early form of puppet (n.). Meaning "small or dainty person" is recorded from late 14c.; later a term of endearment but also in other cases one of contempt.

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