- 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.
- British Dialect. a term of endearment for a girl or child.
- Nautical. any of the vertical timbers bracing the bow or stern of a vessel about to be launched.
Origin of poppet
1300–50; Middle English; earlier form of puppet
or pop·pet, pop-it
- 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.
Origin of poppit
First recorded in 1955–60; from the verb phrase pop it
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for poppet
I had my 14-year-old daughter, Poppet, instruct me in how to watch an episode of Girls on my computer.
I have two daughters, Poppet and her 17-year-old sister Muffin.
Poppet says, “I made this for you in Arts and Crafts class.”
A bottle of The Glenlivet, aged in the cask longer than Poppet and Buster put together.
You go your own godless way, free of burdens—you and your Christian poppet.Ghetto Comedies
She made me a poppet of a piece of scarlet cloth, and I called it after her.
"I'm glad I remembered to save my poppet," Dolly sought to find some comfort.
He said as much to Dolly, but she held her poppet closer and shook her head.
Because she ground the corn and fetched wood all day, and she had no poppet.
- a term of affection for a small child or sweetheart
- 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
- nautical a temporary supporting brace for a vessel hauled on land or in a dry dock
C14: early variant of puppet
Word Origin and History for poppet
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper