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stooge

[stooj] /studʒ/
noun
1.
an entertainer who feeds lines to the main comedian and usually serves as the butt of his or her jokes.
2.
any underling, assistant, or accomplice.
verb (used without object), stooged, stooging.
3.
to act as a stooge.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; origin uncertain
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  • Two, if they had heard of him, they had heard he was a communist stooge.
  • But if they imagined him their stooge, they soon learned otherwise.
  • So the stooge in this case is me and not my clients.
British Dictionary definitions for stooge

stooge

/stuːdʒ/
noun
1.
an actor who feeds lines to a comedian or acts as his foil or butt
2.
(slang) someone who is taken advantage of by another
verb (intransitive)
3.
(slang) to act as a stooge
4.
(slang) foll by about or around. (esp in the RAF) to fly or move about aimlessly
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for stooge
n.

1913, "stage assistant," of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of student (with the mispronunciation STOO-jent), in sense of "apprentice." Meaning "lackey, person used for another's purpose" first recorded 1937, perhaps influenced by the Three Stooges film comedy act, which had been appearing in movies since 1930, starting as "Ted Healy and His Stooges."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stooge

stooge

noun

A servile assistant; a mere ?unky or tool: Whenever Gulliver is not acting as a stooge there is a sort of continuity in his character/ his bail-bond stooges (1913+)

verb

: We're glad to stooge for him (1939+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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