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muppet

Line breaks: mup¦pet
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌpɪt
 
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Definition of muppet in English:

noun

British informal
An incompetent or foolish person.
Example sentences
  • I have also had dealings with totally incompetent muppets posing as health professionals.
  • My eyes hurt and my brain creaks in protest at the muppets and their tomfoolery.
  • This kicks open the door for a generation of boybands and pop muppets, by proving to major record companies that it is perfectly possible to sell records with an artist who not only can't sing, but can't even talk on his own.

Origin

1990s: from Muppet, the generic name given to various puppets and marionettes created by Jim Henson (1936–90) for the children's television programmes Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

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