action figure


Definition of action figure

: a small-scale figure (as of a superhero) used especially as a toy

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Synonyms for action figure


doll, dolly, poppet [Midland], puppet

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Examples of action figure in a Sentence

a collection of action figures of his favorite superheroes

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Earlier this year, during a visit to Elysée Palace to have tea with Brigitte Macron, Jacques again had an action figure in hand—this time a Spiderman toy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monaco's Princess Charlene Shares a Sweet Back-to-School Photo of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques," 7 Jan. 2019 She has been made into an action figure, a Halloween costume and a design motif for totebags and T-shirts. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Hospitalized After Fall," 8 Nov. 2018 All went well until nearly the end of the celebrations, when Jacques dropped his action figure into the crowd. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monaco's Princess Charlene Shares a Sweet Back-to-School Photo of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques," 7 Jan. 2019 With that matter now resolved, the California action figures to move forward. Lee Ross, Fox News, "Stormy Daniels' legal fight with Trump returns to LA courtroom," 24 Sep. 2018 Pick up this Toy Story 3 action figure set, which is down to $39.99. Julia Malacoff, Redbook, "5 Stores Worth Visiting on Black Friday," 18 Nov. 2011 But really, the big draw here is the strange, action figure / human hybrid animation stuff, which looks visually striking if nothing else. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Creed II, Searching, Tau, and more," 23 June 2018 Because the toy maker had created action figures of Cena proposing on bended knee to Bella, and there’s probably no chance the dolls will be released now. Mark Shanahan,, "So much for those action figures of John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella," 17 Apr. 2018 Befitting a true summer movie star, there’s even an effort underway to get Ginsburg her own action figure. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Mister Rogers and RBG are box office’s unexpected stars," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of action figure

1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of action figure

: a small usually plastic doll

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Kids Definition of action figure

: a model often of a superhero used as a toy

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