Definitions

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

  • n. A young child.

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  • n. A child.
  • n. A rag baby; a puppet made of cloth.
  • n. A long-haired pet dog.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rag baby; a puppet made of cloth; hence, also, in fondness, a little girl, or a woman.
  • n. A long-haired pet dog.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A grimace.
  • n. A puppet made of cloth; a rag-baby.
  • n. A young girl. Also mopsy, mopsey.
  • n. A lap-dog.

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

  • n. a little girl (usually one you are fond of)

Etymologies

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

From obsolete mop, fool, child, from Middle English moppe.

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mop +‎ -et

Examples

  • The moppet is a quick study, though he needs to be counseled not to smile adorably while making his subjects tremble in fear of his wrath.

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  • In her, America cherished the baby, the moppet, and cherub-faced doll.

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  • Plus the new companion, a 20-year old seeming moppet named Karen Gillan, was constantly in shorts and micro-minis.

    William Bradley: A Welcome Blast From the New Doctor Who

  • At this time, the Rejectionist wishes to magnanimously confer Official Fiancé/e Status upon this delightful young moppet, who on occasion makes us reconsider being such a hateful old crank, EVEN THOUGH SHE CENSORED US.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • “Hold on now, moppet,” he cried as he struggled to restrain her.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • Not since The Phantom Menace has a movie been so sabotaged by an annoying, screen-hogging moppet.

    2009 April : Scrubbles.net

  • Maybe they have to be that way -- like a doctor has to distance herself from the fact that her patient -- the 6-year-old moppet sitting across from her -- has inoperable brain cancer.

    Trish Vradenburg: Acting On Alzheimer's Awareness

  • Which promptly became an object of mockery for moppet and adult alike.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Despite my best efforts to capture every moment of her childhood, she has so quickly gone from a tiny curly-haired moppet to a lovely, graceful young adult heading off and away.

    Tamar Abrams: A Graduation (or One Mom's Inability to Slow Down Time)

  • And I for one would pay good money to see an adorable moppet with green pigtails sing a song about how air conditioners cause global warming.

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  • I will lay a wage; said I, laughing outright, that this moppet of threescore and ten, this girl in her second childhood, has been unfolding to you all the secret movements of a tender, susceptible heart.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008