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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 Figured his former pals were using reporters as stooges. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "It’s long past time for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson to realize what they meant to each other," 31 Jan. 2020 Establishment Democrats scold Republican critics of the intelligence community as unpatriotic stooges of President Trump. Jack Crowe, National Review, "In Long-Shot California Congressional Bid, George Papadopoulos Sells Himself as a Candidate for Our Age of Distrust," 20 Jan. 2020 That somebody isn’t an android or a company stooge. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Nemesis brings alien impregnation horror to your tabletop—and it works," 18 Jan. 2020 But then nor does a charge leveled by Putin and his stooges. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Citizen K': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Any more and Das would become as villainous, in the eyes of the politically dominant Indian nationalist thinking, as his two immediate predecessors for turning India into a stooge of America. Washington Post, "India’s Central Bank Is Full of Surprises These Days," 18 Mar. 2019 Superstar LeBron James spoke up and sounded like a mouthpiece stooge for an oppressive regime, losing a huge amount of credibility. Ann Killion,, "Add LeBron James to NBA’s growing list of losers in China conflict," 16 Oct. 2019 His Sheeran’s a lethal stooge, morally dumb with dead blue eyes and willing to perform any act of loyalty or betrayal. Armond White, National Review, "The Irishman’s Déjà Vu Gangsterism," 1 Nov. 2019 The second stooge is Joe Walsh, the former Illinois congressman who has criticized Trump on moral grounds but has a history of racist remarks, including ones that got him pulled off the air during his radio show. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "What did Trump mean by ‘Mr. Appalachian Trail?’ Here’s the latest on his tweets.," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stooge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stooge

disapproving : a weak or unimportant person who is controlled by a powerful person, organization, etc.
: a performer in a show who says and does foolish things that other performers make jokes about

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