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[mop-it] /ˈmɒp ɪt/
a young child.
Origin of moppet
1900-05; obsolete mop rag doll, baby (see mop1) + -et Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moppet
  • moppet appears to have no memory of anything that had happened to her before this.
  • At the goblin ball, she preferred dancing with moppet to dancing with toby.
British Dictionary definitions for moppet


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 moppet

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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