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puppet Syllabification: pup·pet
Pronunciation: /ˈpəpət/

Definition of puppet in English:


1A movable model of a person or animal that is used in entertainment and is typically moved either by strings controlled from above or by a hand inside it.
Example sentences
  • His innovative use of string puppets and model special effects made the series a huge hit.
  • The critics at Bombay Dreams all mentioned the fountain scene, for The Lion King it was the amazing effects and animal puppets.
  • From shadow puppets to puppets on a string, the emphasis this year is on visual theatre.
1.1A person, party, or state under the control of another person, group, or power: he was little more than a puppet of his aides
More example sentences
  • It is about leading one's own life. It is about not being the puppet or the slave of the choices and desires of others.
  • Nicholas is just a pawn, a puppet for Wilson and that is just a temporary situation until Wilson is ready to strike.
  • She was remembering how he had played her like a rag puppet being controlled by strings.


Mid 16th century (denoting a doll): later form of poppet, generally having a more unfavorable connotation.

Words that rhyme with puppet

cockpit • cuckoo-spit • pulpit
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