- 1 • derogatory A subordinate used by another to do unpleasant routine work: party stooges put there to do a job on behalf of central officeMore 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.
- 2A performer whose act involves being the butt of a comedian’s jokes: the stooge is offstageMore 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.
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- 1 • informal Move about aimlessly; drift or cruise: she stooged around in the bathroom for a whileMore 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.
early 20th century: of unknown origin.