mop·​pet | \ ˈmä-pət How to pronounce moppet (audio) \

Definition of moppet

1 archaic : baby, darling
2 : child

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Synonyms & Antonyms for moppet


bairn [chiefly Scottish], bambino, bud, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, sprat, sprout, squirt, whelp, youngling, youngster, youth


adult, grown-up

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Examples of moppet in a Sentence

a host of adorable moppets were hired for the ad campaign

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With Andrea McArdle replacing Kristen Vigard as the red-haired moppet Annie and Dorothy Loudon added as Miss Hannigan, the production went on to open in New York in April 1977 with a bang. Mark Kennedy, azcentral, "Martin Charnin, the man who brought 'Annie' to life on Broadway, dies," 8 July 2019 Jane and Michael Banks, played with tender sincerity and maximum adorableness by the moppet actors Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber in 1964, are now played by Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Do You Reinvent Mary Poppins for 2018? Emily Blunt Has a Few Ideas," 8 Nov. 2018 With Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne and Milly Shapiro as the requisite creepy moppet. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Summer 2018 Movie Release Schedule," 4 May 2018 With actress Andrea McArdle replacing Kristen Vigard as the red-haired moppet Annie and Dorothy Loudon added as Miss Hannigan, the production went on to open in New York in April 1977 with a bang. Mark Kennedy,, "Thomas Meehan, Tony-winning story writer of 'Annie,' dies at 88," 23 Aug. 2017 While Rachel charms his family, Hot Peter casually sits with an adorable moppet (his niece) on his lap and then tells a story about Rachel's butt that is somehow very cute? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "'The Bachelorette' Season 13 Episode 8 Recap: Dean Has an Emotional Hometown," 17 July 2017 Her transformation from plucky tomboy moppet to bloodthirsty teen beastie is complete. Bennett Madison, HWD, "Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Recap: Guess Who’s Back," 17 July 2017 The former is Sunny Pawar, who plays the young Saroo, an Indian moppet who gets separated from his parents on a moving train, and winds up in an orphanage on the wrong side of the subcontinent. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscar Spotlight: Best Director and Best Picture," 23 Feb. 2017 The story, about a pair of moppets who get superpowers from a mysterious box of toys, occasionally stumbles into schmaltz. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Reviews: HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, and New Music from Spoon and Ulrich Schnauss," 26 June 2007

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First Known Use of moppet

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moppet

obsolete English mop fool, child

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English Language Learners Definition of moppet

informal : a young person

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