- 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.
- to act as a stooge.
Origin of stooge
Related Words for stoogepuppet, pawn, lackey, fool, sucker, pushover, patsy, victim, chump, flunky, sap, pigeon
Examples from the Web for stooge
Contemporary Examples of stooge
Other speakers suggested that Barack Obama himself had become a stooge of the Islamists, or possibly even a closet Muslim.Bachmann, Gaffney, and the GOP’s Anti-Muslim Culture of Conspiracy
July 23, 2012
There is a perceived danger in hiring foreign firms, a fear of being seen as a Western stooge.Iraq's New Hired Guns
January 19, 2010
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 Merchants of Venus
A. H. Phelps
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.Queen of the Flaming Diamond
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?Null-ABC
Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
- an actor who feeds lines to a comedian or acts as his foil or butt
- slang someone who is taken advantage of by another
- 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
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."