Definition of muppet in English:



  • An incompetent or foolish person.

    • ‘She mentions that we should not take the lives of murderers as we cannot tell the true guilt of the offender, and when I read it first, because I'm a muppet, I thought that she meant, ‘How guilty they feel in themselves’.’
    • ‘Instead of saying their lines dead straight, like every good comedian is supposed to do, these two muppets are mugging like crazy and can barely keep the smirk out of their voices.’
    • ‘I know we weren't supposed to be drinking last night, just blame the two muppets in the supermarket for that one.’
    • ‘Okay, you kind of felt sorry for them but it was payback time for making the rest of us look like a bunch of muppets in the Maths class.’
    • ‘I used to think that you were a complete muppet, but you've changed my opinion.’
    • ‘My eyes hurt and my brain creaks in protest at the muppets and their tomfoolery.’
    • ‘Unlike most of the muppets from school I normally meet, this guy WAS a mate.’
    • ‘I asked for a rare fillet with pepper sauce, only to be told that they had run out of pepper sauce, right you muppets…’
    • ‘So, they lost a customer even before the policy came into effect, muppets!’
    • ‘This kicks open the door for a generation of boybands and pop muppets, by proving to major record companies that it is perfectly possible to sell records with an artist who not only can't sing, but can't even talk on his own.’
    • ‘The big problem is with those muppets who go out in their 4x4s and do not have any rules, consideration or code of conduct at all.’
    • ‘The job is not getting done whilst you constantly take time to attack or defend whoever is the muppet of the month.’
    • ‘This is either a slight glitch that they'll fix, or I'm being a muppet and misunderstanding the process.’
    • ‘I suppose the muppets saw someone with the same name in the same town and decided to bill her.’
    • ‘Some muppet's just tried to mug him in Woolwich on his way to work, he's already been done over twice already, once at the bottom of our street for a pound!’
    • ‘He looks really sleek and I look like a real muppet.’
    • ‘No, no, I know I should have done something, but I just stood there like a muppet, not knowing what to do.’
    • ‘The food is amazingly good and served by a muppet with fazzled hair.’
    • ‘I have also had dealings with totally incompetent muppets posing as health professionals.’
    • ‘Then it went out, and like muppets we went back down, gawping at the damage and the distance the sea had retreated.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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1990s: from Muppet, the generic name given to various puppets and marionettes created by Jim Henson (1936–90) for the children's television programmes Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.