puppeteer

[ puhp-i-teer ]
/ ˌpʌp ɪˈtɪər /

noun

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

verb (used without object)

to work as a puppeteer, by making puppets perform.

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Origin of puppeteer

First recorded in 1925–30; puppet + -eer
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British Dictionary definitions for puppeteer

puppeteer
/ (ˌpʌpɪˈtɪə) /

noun

a person who manipulates puppets
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