From Middle English popet, probably from, though attested earlier than, Middle French poupette, diminutive of poupée (cf. also Medieval Latin *pupata), ultimately derived from a Latin pupa (“doll, puppet; girl”). See also puppy.
puppet (plural puppets)
- Any small model of a person or animal able to be moved by strings or rods, or in the form of a glove.
- (figuratively) A person, country, etc, controlled by another.
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- These men , from no worse motive that could be discovered than a thirst after knowledge beyond their sphere , committed burglary upon the barn in which the puppets had been consigned to repose
- (obsolete) A poppet; a small image in the human form; a doll.
- (engineering) The upright support for the bearing of the spindle in a lathe.
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