Definition of poppet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒpɪt/


1British informal An endearingly sweet or pretty child (often used as an affectionate form of address): ‘Here you are, poppet,’ the nurse said
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  • The problem is not that your husband won't take you to parties, my poppet, the problem is that you blotted your social copy book.
  • But I'll be back, my little poppets, full of pictures and stories just as soon as possible.
  • This is Thailand after all, isn't it, my poppet.
2chiefly historical A small figure of a human being used in sorcery and witchcraft.
Example sentences
  • But my husband gets these crazy ideas that my poppets are voodoo dolls and that I stick pins in them.
  • When I do a spell, I whip out a candle, make a poppet, and I chant.
  • You can make a poppet, host a vigil, meditate, write a poem, anything that will contribute to the swell of positive energy.
3 (also poppet valve) Engineering A mushroom-shaped valve with a flat end piece that is lifted in and out of an opening by an axial rod.
Example sentences
  • The fuel pressure overcomes the spring tension in the poppet valve, forcing it from its ball and seat, injecting fuel into the prospective cylinder.
  • The second combustion chamber also has a cam 18 driven exhaust poppet valve 14 which can be selectively disabled to a closed position to deactivate the second combustion chamber.
  • They were also equipped with Franklin Type B rotary-cam poppet valve gear, which had outside drive shafts.


Late Middle English: based on Latin pup(p)a 'girl, doll'. Compare with puppet.

Words that rhyme with poppet

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