Definition of puppet in English:

puppet

Line breaks: pup¦pet
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌpɪt
 
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noun

  • 1A movable model of a person or animal that is typically moved either by strings controlled from above or by a hand inside it: [as modifier]: a puppet show
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    marionette, glove puppet, hand puppet, finger puppet, rod puppet, shadow puppet
  • 1.1A person, group, or country under the control of another: a former revolutionary hero who is now a puppet of the state
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    pawn, tool, instrument, cat's paw, poodle, creature, hostage, counter, cog, dupe; mouthpiece, minion, figurehead
    informal flunkey, lackey, stooge

Derivatives

puppetry

noun
More example sentences
  • The range of art is quite diverse: Photography, paintings, clay models, fashion design, wood and metal work and puppetry are all there.
  • Inspired by his illustrations, life and nonsense poems, it includes songs and music written specially for the show, clowning, and puppetry.
  • They partly based their style on Japanese Bunraku puppetry where the puppeteers are on stage, dressed in black, the puppets attached to their bodies.

Origin

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

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