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Probably from Middle French poupette, though it antedates it.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔpɛt/, /ˈpoːpɛt/, /ˈpupɛt/


popet (plural popettes)

  1. A small or young person.
    • c. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Prologue to "Sir Thopas", lines 700–702 (Ellesmere):
      He in the wast is shape as wel as I; / This were a popet in an arm t’enbrace / For any womman smal and fair of face!
      He in the waist is made as nice as I; / This would be a popet in one's arms to embrace / For any woman small and fair of face!
  2. (rare) A mannikin; a figurine.


  • English: puppet, poppet