sock puppet

noun

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 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, sun-sentinel.com, "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 This one really has it all: Broadway-level choreography and costumes, a sock puppet show, Harvey Korman dancing alone in an empty bowling alley, and the real-life version of that dreamy zoom-in effect on Instagram stories. Liz Arcury, Marie Claire, "The 8 Best Celebrity Holiday Specials Ever," 29 Nov. 2018 And Wikipedia itself is battling against sock puppets (the use of multiple account to skirt regulations), bad sourcing and fringe editors, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "YouTube will link to Wikipedia to battle conspiracy videos," 14 Mar. 2018 Ethel Stein, a weaver who created countless intricate textile artworks and one particularly influential sock puppet, died on Friday in Cortlandt, N.Y. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Ethel Stein, Who Created Intricate Textile Art, Dies at 100," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sock puppet

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2020

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“Sock puppet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sock%20puppet. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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