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

  • n. The art of making puppets and presenting puppet shows.
  • n. The actions of puppets.
  • n. A stilted or artificial dramatic performance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art of making, and performing with puppets
  • n. The action of a puppet, or a stilted or puppet-like dramatic performance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Action or appearance resembling that of a puppet, or puppet show; hence, mere form or show; affectation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Finery, as that of a doll or puppet; outward show; affectation.
  • n. The exhibition of puppets or puppet-shows; a puppet-show.

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

  • n. a stilted dramatic performance (as if by puppets)
  • n. the art of making puppets and presenting puppet shows


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