a person who manipulates puppets, as in a puppet show.

verb (used without object)

to work as a puppeteer, by making puppets perform.

Origin of puppeteer

First recorded in 1925–30; puppet + -eer
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Contemporary Examples of puppeteer

Historical Examples of puppeteer

  • I found by hasty experiments that Homer's mind was capable of controlling and manipulating the imbecile, like a puppeteer.

    The Short Life

    Francis Donovan

  • Hell, Ill bet you pull more strings around this ship than a puppeteer.

British Dictionary definitions for puppeteer



a person who manipulates puppets
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Word Origin and History for puppeteer

1917, from puppet + -eer.

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