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

  • n. A poppet valve.
  • n. Nautical A small wooden strip on a gunwale that forms or supports an oarlock.
  • n. Nautical One of the beams of a launching cradle supporting a ship's hull.
  • n. Chiefly British A darling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An endearingly sweet or beautiful child.
  • n. A young woman or girl.
  • n. The stem and valve head in a poppet valve.
  • n. A figurine or image of idolatry.
  • n. A doll made in witchcraft to represent a person, used in casting spells on that person.
  • n. One of certain upright timbers on the bilge ways, used to support a vessel in launching.
  • n. An upright support or guide fastened at the bottom only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See puppet.
  • n. One of certain upright timbers on the bilge ways, used to support a vessel in launching.
  • n. An upright support or guide fastened at the bottom only.
  • n. same as poppit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A puppet.
  • n. A term of endearment. See puppet.
  • n. A shore or piece of timber placed between a vessel's bottom and the bilgeways, at the foremost and aftermost parts, to support her in launching. See cut under launching-ways.
  • n. One of the heads of a lathe. Also popit. See cut under lathe-head.
  • n. A puppet-valve.
  • n. Small bits of wood upon a boat's gunwale, to support the rowlocks and washstrake.

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

  • n. a mushroom-shaped valve that rises perpendicularly from its seat; commonly used in internal-combustion engines


Middle English popet, small child, doll, puppet; see puppet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Related to puppet. (Wiktionary)


  • Six days ago, when I brought her my first earnings in full—twenty-three roubles forty copecks altogether—she called me her poppet: ‘poppet, ’ said she, ‘my little poppet.

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  • Except they were red shoes, so maybe it's more like Dorothy, or that poppet from the Andersen story.

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  • The poppet was a little doll manufactured from a corn-cob, dressed in an indigo-colored gown.

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  • The English may often be laughable -- with reference to gourds (guards), a "poppet" (puppet) government and "spatial fours" (special forces) -- but it does the job.

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  • Which I understand "poppet" means exactly the opposite of what many people think it means.

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  • Betty, the editor's housemaid, has given warning, declaring that she cannot live with any gentleman who insists upon taking her in his arms, and tossing her up and down as if she was no more than a baby; at the same time making a chirruping noise with his mouth, and calling her "poppet" and "chickabiddy."

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  • We grant the "poppet;" we concede the "chickabiddy;" and then sternly inquire if an excess of loyalty is to impugn the reason of the most ratiocinative editor?

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  • There has never been an indication that this poppet was prone to failure.

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  • Maximum flight cycles on any poppet of the design that failed on STS-126 is 11 or 12.

    Another Launch Delay for STS-119 - NASA Watch

  • If this had been a component in a commercial aircraft the basic poppet design deficiency (if that's what it is; could be that the poppet that failed on STS-126 had a unique material or manufacturing flaw) would have been discovered during the typical flight test series before the aircraft was placed into "operational" service.

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  • If not British/Aussie then you have to be Arthur Miller.

    The Crucible was the first and as far as I can recall the only time I've ever encountered this word in print/literature, and then in its "technical" sense. Although it was long familiar to me as a term of endearment for little girls here in Australia.

    October 13, 2008

  • Cat - I think you pretty much need to be to pull it off without sounding...what's the word...?

    Brits! They get all the fun words!

    October 13, 2008

  • "POPPETS, the name of perpendicular pieces of timber which are fixed on the fore and aftmost parts of the bulgeways, to support the ship when launching."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 350

    October 13, 2008

  • Don't you have to be British to use this word? :)

    August 22, 2008

  • Properly preceded by the word "my" when said, with a cackling laugh by crones of a certain age.

    January 21, 2008

  • (n): affectionate term for a small child
    (n): Voodoo doll
    (n): small doll used in sympathetic magic in some forms of Wicca
    (n): any small doll
    archaic form of puppet

    January 20, 2008

  • These lines of Rowe have got into my head; and I shall repeat them very devoutly all the way the chairmen shall poppet me towards her by-and-by.

    October 11, 2007