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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 Stalking the herd is easier than stalking the old and wary lone bull, which has been expelled from the flock by the young bloods, or stalking an old bull with an askaria young bull that serves as stooge and bodyguard to the oldster. Robert Ruark, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Suicide Made Easy," 1 Dec. 2020 To absolutely no one's surprise, she has been denigrated by Trump and his like-minded followers as a Democrat stooge, and thus, the enemy. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Even with mute, the final presidential debate could be more hostile than the first," 21 Oct. 2020 This 77-year-old lifetime moderate and former vice president known for his across-the-aisle backslapping and advocacy on behalf of the credit card industry is little more than a stooge of the Squad. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Does The Washington Post Publish This Never-Trump Drivel?," 17 Sep. 2020 Now it should be noted that JPMorgan is making a big assumption: A President Joe Biden would not be a stooge of the radicals. James Pethokoukis, TheWeek, "Wall Street pines for President Biden," 7 July 2020 This is certainly true of non-conservative books as well, including the barrage of literature suggesting that the president was a Russian stooge. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Book Publishing’s Next Battle: Conservative Authors," 12 June 2020 There are complications: The daughter (Kristen Stewart) is diabetic; and the thieves — Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam — are three bickering stooges. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "2002: When the Rock Went Hollywood and Movie Stars Still Ruled," 30 Apr. 2020 Having clerics lecture jailed terrorists on interpretations of the Koran won't work if the extremists assume the clerics are stooges of the state. Carla Power,, "'We have four generations of former terrorists here today': Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia," 20 Apr. 2018 In Washington, any politician or pundit who dares to urge better relations with Russia is quickly branded a Kremlin apologist or Putin stooge., "What cheese can tell us about US-Russia relations - The Boston Globe," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stooge


1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Stooge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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