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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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Examples 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

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 moppet
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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