poppet

noun
pop·​pet | \ ˈpä-pət How to pronounce poppet (audio) \

Definition of poppet

1a Midland US : doll
b obsolete : marionette
2 chiefly British : dear
3a : an upright support or guide of a machine that is fastened at the bottom only
b : a valve that rises perpendicularly to or from its seat

Examples of poppet in a Sentence

a scruffy old poppet that had once belonged to my great grandmother
Recent Examples on the Web In the Old World, hexing your enemies required use of candle magick, mysterious sigils or poppet dolls impaled by needles; in 2021, Nessa Barrett turns hexes into dark-pop hits. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Between 1902 and 1904, she was granted eight patents related to rotary engines, including sleeve-valve innovations that were improvements over conventional poppet valves. John Greathouse, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Other events, Nunez says, have included poetry readings, concerts, tarot-card readings, artist gatherings, pop-up exhibits and workshops to make wands, intention poppets and other magical tools. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 2 Dec. 2019 Kate and William have the cutest nicknames for their kids: Kate calls Charlotte poppet, for example. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of poppet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for poppet

Middle English popet — more at puppet

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“Poppet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppet. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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