from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A jointed puppet manipulated from above by strings or wires attached to its limbs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A puppet moved by strings; one of a set of such puppets used to represent characters on a mimic stage.
  • noun The buffie or buffle-headed duck.
  • noun A small complicated arrangement at the end of the batten in a ribbon-loom, for actuating the racks of the shuttles. It is curiously lifelike in its motions, whence the name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A puppet moved by strings, as in a puppet show.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The buffel duck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A string puppet, usually made of wood, which is animated by the pulling of strings.
  • noun zoology The buffel duck.
  • verb transitive To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French marionnette, from Old French, musical instrument, diminutive of mariole, the Virgin Mary (influenced by the name Marion), from diminutive of Marie, Mary, from Late Latin Maria; see Mary.]

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French marionnette. One of the first figures to be made into a marionette was the Virgin Mary, hence the name.


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  • See how I was baffled over on Sarg.

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  • Actually, I think being puzzled by a puzzle counts as being buffled.

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