Definition of puppet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpʌpɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌpɪt//
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  1. 1a model of a person or an animal that can be made to move, for example by pulling strings attached to parts of its body or by putting your hand inside it. A puppet with strings is also called a marionette. a hand puppet a puppet show see also glove puppet
  2. 2(usually disapproving) a person or group whose actions are controlled by another The occupying forces set up a puppet government.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a doll): later form of poppet, generally having a more unfavourable connotation.Extra examples How do you work these puppets? The king was a mere puppet of the mayor. a puppet controlled by strings
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