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pup·pet

 (pŭp′ĭt)
n.
1. 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.
2. A figure having jointed parts animated from above by strings or wires; a marionette.
3. A toy representing a human figure; a doll.
4. One whose behavior is determined by the will of others: a political puppet.

[Middle English poppet, doll, possibly from Anglo-Norman poppe, doll; see puppy.]

puppet

(ˈpʌpɪt)
n
1. (Theatre)
a. a small doll or figure of a person or animal moved by strings attached to its limbs or by the hand inserted in its cloth body
b. (as modifier): a puppet theatre.
2.
a. a person, group, state, etc, that appears independent but is in fact controlled by another
b. (as modifier): a puppet government.
[C16 popet, perhaps from Old French poupette little doll, ultimately from Latin pūpa girl, doll]

pup•pet

(ˈpʌp ɪt)

n.
1. a usu. small, doll-like figure representing a human being or an animal, manipulated by the hand or by rods, wires, etc. Compare hand puppet, marionette.
2. a person, group, or government whose actions are prompted and controlled by another or others.
3. a small doll.
[1350–1400; earlier poppet, Middle English popet, appar. alter. of Middle Low German poppe doll < Late Latin puppa, Latin pūpa doll; see -et]

puppet

, marionette - The word puppet originally meant "doll," and a puppet usually goes on the hand and arm, while a marionette (or string puppet) is a jointed figure with strings or wires.
See also related terms for strings.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puppet - a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteerpuppet - a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
figure - a model of a bodily form (especially of a person); "he made a figure of Santa Claus"
2.puppet - a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone elsepuppet - a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
slave - a person who is owned by someone
3.puppet - 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
doll, dolly - a small replica of a person; used as a toy
glove doll, glove puppet, hand puppet - a puppet with a cloth body and hollow head; fits over the hand

puppet

noun
1. marionette, doll, glove puppet, finger puppet The show features huge inflatable puppets.
2. pawn, tool, instrument, creature, dupe, gull (archaic), figurehead, mouthpiece, stooge, cat's-paw The ministers have denied that they are puppets of a foreign government.

puppet

noun
A person used or controlled by others:
Translations
دُمْيَةٌ مُتَحَرِّكَةٌدُمْيَه مُتَحَرِّكَه
loutka
marionetdukke
pupo
sätkynukke
lutkamarioneta
bábú
brúîa
あやつり人形
꼭두각시
lėlių teatro menaslėlių vaidinimas
lellemarionete
maňuška
lutka
dockamarionett
หุ่นกระบอก
con rối

puppet

[ˈpʌpɪt]
A. N (lit) → títere m, marioneta f (fig) → títere m
B. CPD puppet government, puppet régime Ngobierno m títere
puppet show Nteatro m de títeres or marionetas
puppet theatre, puppet theater (US) N = puppet show

puppet

[ˈpʌpɪt]
n
(= doll) → marionnette f
(fig) (= pawn) → marionnette f
modif
[theatre] → de marionnettes
puppet show → spectacle m de marionnettes
(politically) [regime, leader, state] → fantoche
puppet government → gouvernement m fantoche

puppet

nPuppe f; (= glove puppet)Handpuppe f; (= string puppet, also fig) → Marionette f

puppet

:
puppet government
puppet régime
nMarionettenregime nt

puppet

:
puppet show
nPuppenspiel nt; (with string puppets also) → Marionettentheater nt
puppet state
nMarionettenstaat m

puppet

[ˈpʌpɪt] n (glove puppet) → burattino; (string puppet) → marionetta (fig) → burattino, fantoccio

puppet

(ˈpapit) noun
a doll that can be moved eg by wires, or by putting the hand inside the body.
ˈpuppetry noun
the art of making puppets and producing puppet shows.
ˈpuppet-show noun
a play etc performed by puppets.

puppet

دُمْيَةٌ مُتَحَرِّكَةٌ loutka marionetdukke Marionette μαριονέτα marioneta sätkynukke marionnette marioneta marionetta あやつり人形 꼭두각시 marionet dukke marionetka marionete марионетка docka หุ่นกระบอก kukla con rối 木偶
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