puppet

noun, often attributive
pup·​pet | \ ˈpə-pət How to pronounce puppet (audio) \

Definition of puppet

1a : 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
3 : one whose acts are controlled by an outside force or influence a puppet ruler

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Other Words from puppet

puppetlike \ ˈpə-​pət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce puppetlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for puppet

Synonyms

action figure, doll, dolly, poppet [Midland]

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Examples of puppet in a Sentence

a dictator who was perceived as being an American puppet gave her a puppet with strings for a gift

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The festivities will start with a parade featuring puppets in the couple’s likeness, and last from early evening until daybreak. SFChronicle.com, "City Hall weddings: Public displays of devotion," 7 June 2019 And where earlier series featured grown humans gamboling in costume, the new one is made as puppet animation, the most magical of animated mediums. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Review: 'Moon and Me,' from a mind behind 'Teletubbies,' has a dreamy charm," 6 June 2019 Lauren Spencer has an amusing turn as a townsperson with a beloved puppet cat. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time," 6 June 2019 Perhaps most entertaining were the mojigangas (giant dancing puppets) dressed up as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, parading through the crowd with a live mariachi trio. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Brooklyn Artists Ball Was a Frida Kahlo–Inspired Fiesta," 17 Apr. 2019 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jason Segel is nude and has a puppet musical and is in a love triangle. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Quiz: Are These Popular Movies Technically Romantic Comedies?," 11 Feb. 2019 Mesner Puppet Theater reaches into the past using hand, rod, shadow, and body puppets to bring this prehistoric tale to life. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 July 2018 The acts are narrated by the chorus of townspeople, who tell the story of the boy who is killed at a protest that takes the form of a puppet show, which immediately establishes theater as a space for dissent. Sarah Neilson, The Seattle Times, "Ilya Kaminsky’s ‘Deaf Republic’ challenges and incites," 29 Mar. 2019 He has been accused of being an all-powerful puppet master, a Nazi sympathizer and the person controlling the Democratic Party. Michael Kranish, chicagotribune.com, "Under attack, billionaire George Soros plans to redouble his efforts," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of puppet

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for puppet

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

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The first known use of puppet was in 1538

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puppet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of puppet

: 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

noun
pup·​pet | \ ˈpə-pət How to pronounce puppet (audio) \

Kids Definition of puppet

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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