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A type of doll characterized by a large head, big eyes, chubby cheeks, and a curl or topknot on top of its head.
- ‘The Kewpie doll dates back to 1909, when it first appeared in cartoons in Ladies Home Journal.’
- ‘If you can make it all the way through, I will mail you a kewpie doll.’
- ‘According to O'Neill, the cherubic-looking characters upon which the Kewpie doll was based came to her in a dream.’
- ‘Unglazed ceramic versions were huge sellers in the 1910s, and by the '30s, lower-quality kewpies were popular giveaways at carnivals and festivals.’
- ‘So you can imagine my surprise when she asked for a Kewpie doll for Christmas!’
Early 20th century (originally US): from Cupid + -ie.
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