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puppet

play
noun, often attributive pup·pet \ˈpə-pət\

Simple Definition of puppet

  • : a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it

  • : a person or an organization that is controlled by another person or organization

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of puppet

  1. 1 a :  a small-scale figure (as of a person or animal) usually with a cloth body and hollow head that fits over and is moved by the hand b :  marionette

  2. 2 :  doll 1

  3. 3 :  one whose acts are controlled by an outside force or influence <a puppet ruler>

puppetlike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of puppet in a sentence

  1. a dictator who was perceived as being an American puppet

  2. <gave her a puppet with strings for a gift>



Origin of puppet

Middle English popet youth, doll, from Middle French poupette, diminutive of *poupe doll, from Vulgar Latin *puppa, alteration of Latin pupa


First Known Use: 1538



PUPPET Defined for Kids

puppet

play
noun pup·pet \ˈpə-pət\

Definition of puppet for Students

  1. 1 :  a doll moved by hand or by strings or wires

  2. 2 :  someone or something (as a government) whose acts are controlled by another





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