sock puppet


Definition of sock puppet

1 : a hand puppet made with a sock
2 : a false online identity used for deceptive purposes

Examples of sock puppet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McLaughlin's motives for creating the sock puppet account are also puzzling to many. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "#MeTooSTEM founder admits to creating Twitter persona who “died” of COVID-19," 4 Aug. 2020 An investigation by The Verge revealed evidence that Gu operated several sock puppet Twitter accounts, most notably one under the name @MaryLauryMD (since deleted). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "#MeTooSTEM founder admits to creating Twitter persona who “died” of COVID-19," 4 Aug. 2020 Expect sock puppets, instruments made from toilet paper tubes, and plenty of dancing. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Check Out These Educational Livestreams This Week," 30 Mar. 2020 The guide instructs them to each create numerous online personas, sometimes called sock puppets, that look and sound like real people. Richard Stengel, Time, "We're In the Middle of a Global Information War. Here's What We Need to Do to Win," 26 Sep. 2019 The name of the sock puppet account that created my article, for one: Queen-Washington. Wired, "Socked Into the Puppet-Hole on Wikipedia," 11 Nov. 2019 The one with the parents who ponied up the big bucks to bring you to a show featuring flashlights and sock puppets? Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus," 16 Oct. 2019 To that end, one of Art and Culture Center’s galleries will be morphed into an arts-and-crafts room throughout the summer, where patrons can build their own sock puppets with loose fabrics and beads. Phillip Valys,, "At Hollywood ‘Personify’ exhibit, South Florida puppet artists give death and politics a hand," 7 June 2019 Williamson’s left foot came shooting out of the bottom of the shoe, looking like an escaped sock puppet. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Yikes, His Nikes! Zion Williamson’s Sneaker Disaster," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of sock puppet

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sock puppet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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