• Puppet, with her guitar, sitting on top of a haystack
    Puppet, with her guitar, sitting on top of a haystack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n puppet a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; intended to fit over the hand and be manipulated with the fingers
    • n puppet a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
    • n puppet a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Runaway Puppet The Runaway Puppet
He Set to Work to Cut Out His Puppet He Set to Work to Cut Out His Puppet
Geppetto Makes His Puppet Some Clothes Geppetto Makes His Puppet Some Clothes
The Puppets Began to Dance Merrily The Puppets Began to Dance Merrily
"Oh, I Am Sick of Being a Puppet!" "Oh, I Am Sick of Being a Puppet!"
The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name "Muppet" was coined by Jim Henson. The word was made from a combination of the word "marionette" and "puppet."
    • Puppet A similar figure moved by the hand or by a wire in a mock drama; a marionette; a wooden actor in a play. "At the pipes of some carved organ move,
      The gilded puppets dance."
    • Puppet A small image in the human form; a doll.
    • Puppet One controlled in his action by the will of another; a tool; -- so used in contempt.
    • Puppet (Mach) The upright support for the bearing of the spindle in a lathe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jim Henson first coined the word "Muppet". It is a combination of "marionette" and "puppet."
    • n puppet A doll.
    • n puppet A little figure of a person, moved by the fingers, or by cords or wires, in a mock drama; a marionette.
    • n puppet Hence One who is actuated by the will of another; a tool: used in contempt.
    • n puppet plural Toys; trinkets.
    • n puppet The head-stock or the tail-stock of a lathe. See lathe.
    • puppet To dress as a doll; bedeck with finery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Puppet pup′et a small doll or image moved by wires in a show: a marionette: one who acts just as another tells him
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  • William M. Thackeray
    “Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.”
  • Leo Buscaglia
    “We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. popet, OF. poupette,; akin to F. poupée, a doll, probably from L. puppa, pupa, a girl, doll, puppet. Cf. Poupeton Pupa Pupil Puppy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. poupette, dim. from L. pupa.


In literature:

They are my puppets and this is my executive chamber.
"The Lion and The Mouse" by Charles Klein
The regents are puppets, nothing more.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Otherwise he is a hollow puppet whether he is a millionaire or has scarcely a dime to bless himself with.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
How pleasant it was to pull the strings and see his puppets dance!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
That little Duke of Orleans, son of Louis Philippe, was a puppet in my hands.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
Horrocks will only be his puppet.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
And all the puppets that have performed in it have played extremely well.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, March 5, 1892" by Various
When the exit was completed, Mrs. D'Alloi turned to place her puppets properly again.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
We told fortunes and exhibited an Italian puppet-show.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
It makes men tyrants or slaves, women puppets, religion the submission to an infinite despotism.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
The king was but a puppet in leading strings.
"Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham" by Harold J. Laski
We're each playing our little parts in the things of life like the puppets we are.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
With God, whose puppets, best and worst, Are we: there is no last nor first.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
Pity it is that men, the trusting and the brave, are made the puppets, the martyrs, of such regality!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, November 27, 1841" by Various
Puppet-shows were built to amuse him by his grandfather.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
I felt sometimes a puppet while this man played his great part.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Puppets led about by wires, 530.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
He is as a puppet whose wires are pulled by others.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
The Press is indeed the lever that moves the world of our day, and we are but the puppets of its will.
"The Young Priest's Keepsake" by Michael Phelan
They make the puppets dance.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill

In poetry:

We are a regiment, whose martial cry
Is the cry of peace! Above war's puppet dead
Our avenging banner trails across the sky,
Till the sky itself streams red.
"Paradox" by Benjamin Musser
Puppets, loosed from the strings of the puppetmaster
Wear masks of horn to bed.
This is not death, it is something safer.
The wingy myths won't tug at us anymore:
"Flute Notes From A Reedy Pond" by Sylvia Plath
We are merely puppets
Moving on a string,
And when we think that we are IT,
The axe will fall--"Gezing!"
O, Grave, where is thy victory?
O, Death, where is thy sting?
"My Life And Death" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Ev'n carts and wheels their place do change,
But cannot see, though very strange
The glory that is by;
Dead puppets may
Move in the bright and glorious day,
Yet not behold the sky.
"Walking" by Thomas Traherne
All service ranks the same with God:
If now, as formerly He trod
Paradise, His presence fills
Our earth, each only as God wills
Can work--God's puppets, best and worst,
Are we: there is no last nor first.
"Songs From Pippa Passes" by Robert Browning
All service ranks the same with God:
If now, as formerly he trod
Paradise, his presence fills
Our earth, each only as God wills
Can work—God's puppets, best and worst,
Are we; there is no last nor first.
"Introduction: Pippa Passes" by Robert Browning

In news:

"It was the best puppet show I've ever seen," he said.
Daniel Summers Jr, the marketing director for the center, said all the costume, puppet and set design is done at the center.
Summers said often more than one puppeteer is operating a puppet on stage.
The puppeteers operate the puppets from rolling seats.
Puppets From Around the World.
For this spooky stage production, the musicians and actors share the stage with puppets .
The production is a puppet show starring characters designed and created by Village Academy art students.
Sure you'll find professional puppet performances too, and a stage to perform a puppet show with your own creation.
McCormick started making puppets with her students and constructing stages to act out their tales.
Her students sewed the puppets themselves.
Other highlights include the City Library's Whizgiggle puppets performing the "Late Night Laugh-a-Thon," The Puppet Players presenting two children performances, Maxed Out Puppetry , Constant Moon Puppet Co.
Additional productions of the festival include The City Library's own Whizgiggle puppets performing the "Late Night Laugh-a-Thon".
The testimony is real, the puppets are not.
" "I'm horrified," she deadpans after the clip in which the only non-human puppet is the reporter played by a squirrel in a suit.
"With the adults, however, we're also going to be doing something along the lines of pageant puppetry ," continues Brancato, "which involves giant puppets that are probably going to be around 28 feet tall.