puppeteer

[puhp-i-teer]
noun
1.
a person who manipulates puppets, as in a puppet show.
verb (used without object)
2.
to work as a puppeteer, by making puppets perform.

Origin:
1925–30; puppet + -eer

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puppeteer (ˌpʌpɪˈtɪə)
 
n
a person who manipulates puppets

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Example sentences
His hands dart and float in the air as if manipulated by an inebriated puppeteer.
Today the total staff is seven and that accounts for our new puppeteer.
Watching a puppet play inspires her to become an apprentice to the puppeteer, who turns out to possess deadly secrets.
The puppeteer's hand fits comfortably in the back to control the mouth movement.
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