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

  • n. A small figure of a person or animal, having a cloth body and hollow head, designed to be fitted over and manipulated by the hand.
  • n. A figure having jointed parts animated from above by strings or wires; a marionette.
  • n. A toy representing a human figure; a doll.
  • n. One whose behavior is determined by the will of others: a political puppet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any small model of a person or animal able to be moved by strings, rods or in the form of a glove.
  • n. A person, country, etc, controlled by another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small image in the human form; a doll.
  • n. A similar figure moved by the hand or by a wire in a mock drama; a marionette; a wooden actor in a play.
  • n. One controlled in his action by the will of another; a tool; -- so used in contempt.
  • n. The upright support for the bearing of the spindle in a lathe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dress as a doll; bedeck with finery.
  • n. A doll.
  • n. A little figure of a person, moved by the fingers, or by cords or wires, in a mock drama; a marionette.
  • n. Hence One who is actuated by the will of another; a tool: used in contempt.
  • n. plural Toys; trinkets.
  • n. The head-stock or the tail-stock of a lathe. See lathe.

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

  • n. a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
  • n. a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
  • n. a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; intended to fit over the hand and be manipulated with the fingers


Middle English poppet, doll, possibly from Anglo-Norman poppe, doll; see puppy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French poupette, diminutive of poupée, from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latin pupa. (Wiktionary)



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