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

Definition of poppet

1a Midland : 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

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Examples of poppet in a Sentence

a scruffy old poppet that had once belonged to my great grandmother
Recent Examples on the Web Kate and William have the cutest nicknames for their kids: Kate calls Charlotte poppet, for example. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Does Prince William's Adorable Maybe-Nickname for Princess Charlotte Mean?," 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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Cite this Entry

“Poppet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poppet. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of poppet

British, informal used to talk in a loving way to or about a child

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to constrict the range or activity of

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