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ˈpʌp ɪtpup·pet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puppet, marionettenoun

    a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer

  2. creature, tool, puppetnoun

    a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else

  3. puppetnoun

    a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; intended to fit over the hand and be manipulated with the fingers


  1. puppetnoun

    Any small model of a person or animal able to be moved by strings, rods or in the form of a glove.

  2. puppetnoun

    A person, country, etc, controlled by another.

  3. Etymology: From poupette.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Puppetnoun

    Etymology: poupée, Fr. pupus, Lat.

    Once Zelmane could not stir; but that as if they had been puppets, whose motion stood only upon her pleasure, Basilius with serviceable steps, Gynecia with greedy eyes would follow her. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Divers of them did keep in their houses certain things made of cotton wool, in the manner of puppets. George Abbot.

    His last wife was a woman of breeding, good humour and complaisance; as for you, you look like a puppet moved by clock-work. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

    As the pipes of some carv’d organ move,
    The gilded puppets dance. Alexander Pope.

    In florid impotence he speaks,
    And, as the prompter breathes, the puppet squeaks. Alexander Pope.

    Thou, an Egyptian puppet, shalt be shewn
    In Rome as well as I. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Oh excellent motion! oh exceeding puppet! William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puppetnoun

    a small image in the human form; a doll

  2. Puppetnoun

    a similar figure moved by the hand or by a wire in a mock drama; a marionette; a wooden actor in a play

  3. Puppetnoun

    one controlled in his action by the will of another; a tool; -- so used in contempt

  4. Puppetnoun

    the upright support for the bearing of the spindle in a lathe

  5. Etymology: [OE. popet, OF. poupette; akin to F. poupe a doll, probably from L. puppa, pupa, a girl, doll, puppet. Cf. Poupeton, Pupa, Pupil, Puppy.]


  1. Puppet

    A puppet is an inanimate object or representational figure animated or manipulated by an entertainer, who is called a puppeteer. It is used in puppetry, which is a very ancient form of theatre. There are many different varieties of puppets, and they are made of a wide range of materials, depending on their form and intended use. They can be extremely complex or very simple in their construction.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puppet

    pup′et, n. a small doll or image moved by wires in a show: a marionette: one who acts just as another tells him.—ns. Pupp′etry, finery, affectation: a puppet-show; Pupp′et-show, -play, a mock show or drama performed by puppets; Pupp′et-valve, a valve like a pot-lid attached to a rod, and used in steam-engines for covering an opening. [O. Fr. poupette, dim. from L. pupa.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puppet in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puppet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of puppet in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic:

    I am shocked by the fact that Maja Kocijancic in the name of the EU has tried to shut me up, i am refusing to be your puppet.

  2. Van Fosson:

    I got a call the other day asking me if I wanted to speak for Hillary, basically they wanted to use me like a puppet, trump’s not any better, but Hillary Clinton is still terrible.

  3. Pavel Kuznetsov:

    We've come out here to demonstrate against the puppet elections.

  4. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    A man is a puppet in the hands of time and change.

  5. Doug Gray:

    We've sung a ton of records and when we get up on stage and all the lights go out, I have to admit that I am completely blinded by the audience because that audience is what's telling me what to do, i'm a puppet and a lot of people think that's an insult, but it's not. I'm a puppet to what the audience wants to hear.

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