puppet

noun, often attributive pup·pet \ ˈpə-pət \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of puppet

1 a :a small-scale figure (as of a person or animal) usually with a cloth body and hollow head that fits over and is moved by the hand
2 :doll 1
3 :one whose acts are controlled by an outside force or influence
  • a puppet ruler

puppetlike

play \ˈpə-pət-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of puppet in a Sentence

  1. a dictator who was perceived as being an American puppet

  2. gave her a puppet with strings for a gift

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Origin and Etymology of puppet

Middle English popet youth, doll, from Middle French poupette, diminutive of *poupe doll, from Vulgar Latin *puppa, alteration of Latin pupa

puppet Synonyms

Synonyms
action figure, dolly, poppet [Midland], doll
Related Words
rag doll; figure, figurine; handpuppet, marionette


PUPPET Defined for English Language Learners

puppet

noun

Definition of puppet for English Language Learners

  • : a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it

  • : a person or an organization that is controlled by another person or organization


PUPPET Defined for Kids

puppet

noun pup·pet \ ˈpə-pət \

Definition of puppet for Students

1 :a doll moved by hand or by strings or wires
2 :someone or something (as a government) whose acts are controlled by another


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