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moppet

[mop-it] /ˈmɒp ɪt/
noun
1.
a young child.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; obsolete mop rag doll, baby (see mop1) + -et
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British Dictionary definitions for moppets

moppet

/ˈmɒpɪt/
noun
1.
a less common word for poppet (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete mop rag doll; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for moppets

moppet

n.

endearing term for a baby, a girl, etc., c.1600, from Middle English moppe "little child, baby doll" (mid-15c.) + -et, diminutive suffix. The Middle English word also meant "simpleton, fool," and may have been cognate with Low German mop "simpleton" [Barnhart]. Or, if "baby doll" is the original sense in Middle English, perhaps from Latin mappa "napkin, tablecloth," hence "rag doll."

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