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(slang) a stupid person
Word Origin
C20: from the name for the puppets used in the television programme The Muppet Show
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  • The show was a worldwide hit, like sesame street and the muppet show.
  • The collar was also used to cover the joint where the neck met the body of the muppet.
  • By the end of its run, over one hundred guest stars had appeared on the muppet show.
  • Two specials were produced and aired that are considered pilots for the muppet show.
Contemporary definitions for muppet

any puppet character of the children's television show Sesame Street and commercial products of those characters

Word Origin

m(arionette) + (p)uppet

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a stupid person

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derogatory slang's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for muppet



Trademark (U.S.) Sept. 26, 1972, claiming use from 1971, but in print from Sept. 1970. Name coined by creator Jim Henson (1936-1990), who said, despite the resemblance to marionette and puppet (they have qualities of both), it has no etymology; he just liked the sound.

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