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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Definitions for moppet

  1. a young child.

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Citations for moppet
Not only has the dimpled, curly-haired moppet grown up, but so also has her daughter. , "Shirley's Big Daughter," Life, July 30, 1965
And at a picnic for international children a Zemblan moppet cried to her Japanese friend: Ufgut, ufgut, welkam ut Semblerland! (Adieu, adieu, till we meet in Zemla!) Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire, 1962
Origin of moppet
Moppet comes from the now-osbsolete term mop meaning both "rag doll" and "simpleton." It entered English around 1600.
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