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Definition of stooge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one who plays a subordinate or compliant role to a principal


stooged; stooging

Definition of stooge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act as a stooge congressmen who stooge for the oil and mineral interestsNew Republic

Examples of stooge in a Sentence

Noun a gangster and his stooges He's just a stooge for the oil industry.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cobra installs a stooge as the ruler of Alaska, Gerky Potemkin. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Many others denounced him as a stooge of Washington, unduly critical of Russia’s war aims and prospects. Chris Buckley, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 That nightclub and drug distribution hub is owned by mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Turturro) and run by his sleazy stooge Oz (an unrecognizable Colin Farrell in countless pounds of latex), who will go on to become the Penguin. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2022 His comments are those of a stooge for Russian aggression. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 4 Mar. 2022 And Donald Trump has just been a stooge for Putin from the beginning. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022 Amazon is not the only business guilty of playing the stooge, of course. Marco Rubio, National Review, 3 Feb. 2022 The bill’s other author, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, bristled at accusations of being a stooge for organized labor. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Carmella officially has a pair of ladies whose job is to exclusively carry around her mask similar to the NHL stooge who carries around the Stanley Cup. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stooge


1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stooge


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5 May 2022

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“Stooge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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