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puppet

[puhp-it] /ˈpʌp ɪt/
noun
1.
an artificial figure representing a human being or an animal, manipulated by the hand, rods, wires, etc., as on a miniature stage.
2.
a person, group, government, etc., whose actions are prompted and controlled by another or others.
3.
a small doll.
4.
Machinery, poppethead.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; earlier poppet, Middle English popet, apparently alteration of Middle Low German poppe doll < Late Latin puppa, Latin pūpa doll; see -et
Related forms
puppetlike, adjective
Synonyms
2. pawn, figurehead, instrument.
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British Dictionary definitions for puppetlike

puppet

/ˈpʌpɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a small doll or figure of a person or animal moved by strings attached to its limbs or by the hand inserted in its cloth body
  2. (as modifier): a puppet theatre
2.
  1. a person, group, state, etc, that appears independent but is in fact controlled by another
  2. (as modifier): a puppet government
Word Origin
C16 popet, perhaps from Old French poupette little doll, ultimately from Latin pūpa girl, doll
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Word Origin and History for puppetlike

puppet

n.

"doll moved by strings or wires" (later applied to puppets in glove form), 1530s, later form of Middle English popet "doll" (c.1300; cf. poppet), from Old French popette "little doll, puppet," diminutive of popee "doll, puppet" (13c., Modern French poupée), from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latin pupa "girl; doll" (see pupil (n.1)).

Metaphoric extension to "one whose actions are manipulated by another" first recorded 1540s (as poppet). Puppet show attested from 1650s, earlier puppet-play (1550s). Puppet government is attested from 1884 (in reference to Egypt).

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