Definition of sock puppet in English:

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sock puppet

noun

1A simple hand puppet made from a sock.
Example sentences
  • The company logged huge accolades for TV ads with its famous sock puppet.
  • He has the emoting range of a sock puppet.
  • "Waiting for Godot", according to the poster for a lunchtime show, will be "performed by sock puppets".
1.1A person whose actions are controlled by another: to this mix of industry sock puppets add a gullible media
More example sentences
  • It's obvious you are a Gore sock puppet.
  • These three are conservatives as opposed to Right Wing sock puppets.
  • I've railed against the RIAA and MPAA and their congressional sock puppets in some of the cruelest language I've ever used in print.
2A false online identity, typically created by a person or group in order to promote their own opinions or views.
Example sentences
  • Okay, so I ponied up for a sock puppet just to respond some more.
  • His story combines a hot issue with intrigue, allegations of lying, internet sock puppets, and scientific misconduct.
  • That's clearly Nick's sock puppet, being used to justify the existence of this thread.

Derivatives

sock puppetry

noun
Example sentences
  • Recently, a senior editor got in trouble for some particularly colorful sock puppetry.
  • Sock puppetry may be rampant online, but journalists writing for their employer's Web site have a greater responsibility to be honest than run-of-the-mill posters.
  • The PR industry must condemn massive, automated sock-puppetry.

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Syllabification: sock pup·pet

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