[ stooj ]
/ studʒ /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for stooge


/ (stuːdʒ) /


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."

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