an entertainer who feeds lines to the main comedian and usually serves as the butt of his or her jokes.
any underling, assistant, or accomplice.

verb (used without object), stooged, stoog·ing.

to act as a stooge.

Origin of stooge

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stooge

puppet, pawn, lackey, fool, sucker, pushover, patsy, victim, chump, flunky, sap, pigeon

Examples from the Web for stooge

Contemporary Examples of stooge

Historical Examples of stooge

  • They tried to tell people what Venus was like, and what lies Carlson and his stooge Jaimison were using for bait.

  • The papers said that the steel necktie worn by my stooge at the theatre had to be cut off by a water-cooled electric saw.

    The Double Spy

    Dan T. Moore

  • If I'm half as good a stooge as I think I am, we'll be needing overcoats before we get back.

  • If the contest was a part of the day's program, no spectator seemed willing to play "stooge" in this preliminary performance.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • And see how he managed to slide in that bit about corruption, right before his stooge handed him that bulletin?


    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

British Dictionary definitions for stooge



an actor who feeds lines to a comedian or acts as his foil or butt
slang someone who is taken advantage of by another

verb (intr)

slang to act as a stooge
(foll by about or around) slang (esp in the RAF) to fly or move about aimlessly

Word Origin for stooge

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for stooge

1913, "stage assistant," of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of student (with the mispronunciation STOO-jent), in sense of "apprentice." Meaning "lackey, person used for another's purpose" first recorded 1937, perhaps influenced by the Three Stooges film comedy act, which had been appearing in movies since 1930, starting as "Ted Healy and His Stooges."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper