moppet

[mop-it]
noun
a young child.

Origin:
1900–05; obsolete mop rag doll, baby (see mop1) + -et

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moppet (ˈmɒpɪt)
 
n
a less common word for poppet
 
[C17: from obsolete mop rag doll; of obscure origin]

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moppet
1601, "endearing term for a baby, a girl, etc.," from M.E. moppe "little child, baby doll" (c.1440) + -et, dim. suffix. The M.E. word also meant "simpleton, fool," and may have been cognate with Low Ger. mop "simpleton." Or, if "baby doll" is the original sense in M.E., perhaps from L. mappa "napkin,
tablecloth," hence "rag doll."
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Example sentences 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.
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