[ puhp-it ]
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  1. an artificial figure representing a human being or an animal, manipulated by the hand, rods, wires, etc., as on a miniature stage.: Compare hand puppet, marionette.

  2. a person, group, government, etc., whose actions are prompted and controlled by another or others.

  1. a small doll.

  2. Machinery. poppethead.

Origin of puppet

1350–1400; earlier poppet,Middle English popet, apparently alteration of Middle Low German poppe doll <Late Latin puppa,Latin pūpa doll; see -et

Other words for puppet

Other words from puppet

  • pup·pet·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for puppet


/ (ˈpʌpɪt) /

    • a small doll or figure of a person or animal moved by strings attached to its limbs or by the hand inserted in its cloth body

    • (as modifier): a puppet theatre

    • a person, group, state, etc, that appears independent but is in fact controlled by another

    • (as modifier): a puppet government

Origin of puppet

C16 popet, perhaps from Old French poupette little doll, ultimately from Latin pūpa girl, doll

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