sock puppet


a hand puppet made out of a sock.
a person or group whose actions are controlled by another; a puppet.
  1. Also called sock. a false name or identity assumed by an Internet user, often to communicate favorable or self-serving comments or used to create a mythical rival with whom that user can successfully argue online.
  2. Also called sock, sock account. an online user account created for such purposes.



"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
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Also sock·pup·pet [sok-puhp-it] /ˈsɒkˌpʌp ɪt/.

Origin of sock puppet

1959 for def 1; 1990–95 for def 2

OTHER WORDS FROM sock puppet

sock-pup·pet, verb (used without object), sock-pup·pet·ed, sock-pup·pet·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sock puppet

sock puppet


a simple puppet made from a sock and worn over one hand
an extra online identity created by a member of a discussion forum, etc, to agree with opinions submitted under his or her usual online name

Derived forms of sock puppet

sock puppeteer, nounsock puppetry, noun
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