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puppet

[ puhp-it ]
/ ˈpʌp ɪt /
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noun

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.
a person, group, government, etc., whose actions are prompted and controlled by another or others.
a small doll.
Machinery. poppethead.

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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 FROM puppet

pup·pet·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for puppet

puppet
/ (ˈpʌpɪt) /

noun

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a puppet theatre
  1. a person, group, state, etc, that appears independent but is in fact controlled by another
  2. (as modifier)a puppet government

Word Origin for puppet

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