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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
References in classic literature ?
The famous little Becky Puppet has been pronounced to be uncommonly flexible in the joints, and lively on the wire; the Amelia Doll, though it has had a smaller circle of admirers, has yet been carved and dressed with the greatest care by the artist; the Dobbin Figure, though apparently clumsy, yet dances in a very amusing and natural manner; the Little Boys' Dance has been liked by some; and please to remark the richly dressed figure of the Wicked Nobleman, on which no expense has been spared, and which Old Nick will fetch away at the end of this singular performance.
I've made many a puppet since I've been a witch, but methinks this is the finest of them all.
On some flimsy pretext or other Mowanna, the king of Nukuheva, whom the invaders by extravagant presents cajoled over to their interests, and move about like a mere puppet, has been set up as the rightful sovereign of the entire island--the alleged ruler by prescription of various clans, who for ages perhaps have treated with each other as separate nations.
As it was, miserably and helplessly, not half himself, a puppet dreamer in a half-nightmare, he knew, as a restless sleeper awakening between vexing dreams, that he was being transported head-downward out of the canoe house that stank of death, through the village that was only less noisome, and up a path under lofty, wide-spreading trees that were beginning languidly to stir with the first breathings of the morning wind.
The old prince seemed convinced not only that all the men of the day were mere babies who did not know the A B C of war or of politics, and that Bonaparte was an insignificant little Frenchy, successful only because there were no longer any Potemkins or Suvorovs left to oppose him; but he was also convinced that there were no political difficulties in Europe and no real war, but only a sort of puppet show at which the men of the day were playing, pretending to do something real.
He had pitched, as I have said, against the bulwarks, where he lay like some horrible, ungainly sort of puppet, life-size, indeed, but how different from life's colour or life's comeliness
Mimes, in the form of God on high, Mutter and mumble low, And hither and thither fly - Mere puppets they, who come and go At bidding of vast formless things That shift the scenery to and fro, Flapping from out their Condor wings Invisible Wo !
said the old man, venturing to touch one of the puppets, and drawing away his hand with a shrill laugh.
When they came to it Master Pedro ensconced himself inside it, for it was he who had to work the puppets, and a boy, a servant of his, posted himself outside to act as showman and explain the mysteries of the exhibition, having a wand in his hand to point to the figures as they came out.
Verily, ever are we drawn aloft--that is, to the realm of the clouds: on these do we set our gaudy puppets, and then call them Gods and Supermen:--
Herons came, with a great bold noise as of opening doors and shutters, out of the boughs of a plantation which they frequented at the side of the mead; or, if already on the spot, hardily maintained their standing in the water as the pair walked by, watching them by moving their heads round in a slow, horizontal, passionless wheel, like the turn of puppets by clockwork.
Arriving under the shadow of the Pyncheon Elm, it proved to be the Italian boy, who, with his monkey and show of puppets, had once before played his hurdy-gurdy beneath the arched window.