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[stooj] /studʒ/
an entertainer who feeds lines to the main comedian and usually serves as the butt of his or her jokes.
any underling, assistant, or accomplice.
verb (used without object), stooged, stooging.
to act as a stooge.
Origin of stooge
1910-15, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • If the contest was a part of the day's program, no spectator seemed willing to play "stooge" in this preliminary performance.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • If I'm half as good a stooge as I think I am, we'll be needing overcoats before we get back.

  • They tried to tell people what Venus was like, and what lies Carlson and his stooge Jaimison were using for bait.

    The Merchants of Venus A. H. Phelps
  • And see how he managed to slide in that bit about corruption, right before his stooge handed him that bulletin?

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • The papers said that the steel necktie worn by my stooge at the theatre had to be cut off by a water-cooled electric saw.

    The Double Spy Dan T. Moore
  • His stooge, who had already risen with a prepared speech of seconding, simply gaped.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for stooge


an actor who feeds lines to a comedian or acts as his foil or butt
(slang) someone who is taken advantage of by another
verb (intransitive)
(slang) to act as a stooge
(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

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



  1. Pertaining to a moving form of popular African-American music: program content on soul radio stations/ That's what the Soul scene taught everybody
  2. : a soul ballad/ a soul-jazz-blues quintet


  1. An instinctive, sensitive, humorous, and sympathetic quality felt by black persons to be inherent and to constitute their essential and valuable attribute: He's got soul when he dances! I mean Super Soul!
  2. (also soul music) This quality in music, and music having this quality: When Aretha Franklin pours forth a thousand cups of soul (1946+ Jazz musicians)

Related Terms

blue-eyed soul, body and soul, gripe one's ass

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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