Definition of stooge in English:

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Pronunciation: /sto͞oj/


1 derogatory A person who serves merely to support or assist others, particularly in doing unpleasant work: you fell for that helpless-female act and let her make you a stooge
More example sentences
  • We need to start a special project documenting political party stooges in the media.
  • Yes, obviously he was a stooge for the Republican Party.
  • Unless a lot more people decide to stand as independents, and most of them get voted in in place of the traditional party stooges, there isn't a great deal we, as voters, can do.
underling, minion, lackey, subordinate;
informal sidekick
2A performer whose act involves being the butt of a comedian’s jokes.
Example sentences
  • The cheeky glove puppet fox hosts a variety and sketch show format - a procession of comic stooges play straight man and second fiddle to his antics.
  • As the film progresses, a one-way process of the performance is firmly established, involving the humiliation of Judy as the stooge.


[no object]
1Move around aimlessly; drift or cruise: she stooged around in the bathroom for a while
More example sentences
  • We stooged around for a while, treading air, then fired the burner, to give us a few hours of heat.
  • As Viola, she delivers the bard's verses with an uncommon fluency as she stooges across the stage.
  • Well, if you couldn't be there in person, celebrating England's triumph over their traditional cricketing foe while stooging around the Caribbean would take some beating.
2Perform a role that involves being the butt of a comedian’s jokes.


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with stooge

huge, kludge, luge, scrooge, smoodge

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Syllabification: stooge

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