mop·​pet ˈmä-pət How to pronounce moppet (audio)
archaic : baby, darling
: child

Examples of moppet in a Sentence

a host of adorable moppets were hired for the ad campaign
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike a lot of movie moppets, Leila is neither protagonist nor prop. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 He’s taken aback to realize that the adorable moppet who left him soy milk 20-some years ago (as we’re reminded of in one of the miniseries’ occasional inclusions of grainy clips from the 1994 film) has grown into an aimless 30something (Casey Wilson) who’s forgotten all about him. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2022 The adorable moppet eventually comes of age. Vulture, 15 Sep. 2022 From 1935 through 1938, the curly-haired moppet billed as Shirley Temple was the top box-office draw in the nation. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2023 The moppet makes a new friend played by Jaylin Webb. Vulture, 15 Sep. 2022 Bonnie has an 11-year-old son, Charlie (Evan Whitten), who’s a metal-head moppet, scornful of his mother. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 No need to worry if little blond moppet Cindel Towani (Aubree Miller) will make it off Endor. Ew Staff,, 4 May 2021 Yet some boys couldn’t help but get flustered, kicking at the dirt, slapping their gloves against their thighs — because who’s expecting to be taunted by a moppet in an over-large helmet? Adam Kuhlmann, Longreads, 15 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


obsolete English mop fool, child

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of moppet was in 1601

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“Moppet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mop·​pet ˈmäp-ət How to pronounce moppet (audio)
: a young child
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