Definition of puppet in English:

puppet

noun

  • 1A movable model of a person or animal that is typically moved either by strings controlled from above or by a hand inside it.

    [as modifier] ‘a puppet show’
    • ‘Bunraku puppets are not manipulated by strings from above a small stage window.’
    • ‘The string puppets of Tamil Nadu are the largest and the heaviest when compared to the string puppets of the other State.’
    • ‘His innovative use of string puppets and model special effects made the series a huge hit.’
    • ‘The result is that one puppeteer can control multiple puppets in multiple mediums.’
    • ‘There is effective use of puppets and perspective with the library stairs, and some clever lighting effects and physical comedy.’
    • ‘Names are written on masking tape which is placed inside the puppets for easy identification.’
    • ‘In Admiralty Square three puppets in a puppet theatre come to life: Petrushka, the Ballerina, and the Moor.’
    • ‘We believe in the puppet as a completely separate entity from the puppeteer.’
    • ‘Youngsters can read and listen to stories with their parents and then act them out using puppets and soft toys.’
    • ‘If you have puppets or stuffed animals, make a little play and use very, very silly voices.’
    • ‘Well-crafted in every aspect, the tale of Pinocchio is told using puppets and live actors, in mask or out.’
    • ‘Stick a washed lolly stick to the back of the card and use it to move the puppet around.’
    • ‘The puppeteer sits in back of a white screen and moves the puppets to act out stories.’
    • ‘Little Stevie plays with his strings and paper puppets he made himself.’
    • ‘He stuck five of them inside the puppet's head to operate it by hand.’
    • ‘From shadow puppets to puppets on a string, the emphasis this year is on visual theatre.’
    • ‘The critics at Bombay Dreams all mentioned the fountain scene, for The Lion King it was the amazing effects and animal puppets.’
    • ‘In some cases, large animal puppets are completely made of celluloid because of its greater stiffness.’
    • ‘The film doesn't attempt to pretend that these aren't puppets, their strings are integral to who they are and are a key part of the story.’
    • ‘In fact, puppets and strings play no part in the show, which instead uses lights to help project the duo's efforts on to a large screen.’
    marionette, glove puppet, hand puppet, finger puppet, rod puppet, shadow puppet
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    1. 1.1A person, group, or country under the control of another.
      ‘a former revolutionary hero who is now a puppet of the state’
      • ‘He refused to sell his soul to the powers, he refused to be used as a puppet by those who control boxing.’
      • ‘It is about leading one's own life. It is about not being the puppet or the slave of the choices and desires of others.’
      • ‘What people don't realise is that she is not just a puppet on a string.’
      • ‘Nicholas is just a pawn, a puppet for Wilson and that is just a temporary situation until Wilson is ready to strike.’
      • ‘He was like a puppet without strings now, just sitting there, staring out the window.’
      • ‘Stars exploded in his vision and he collapsed like a puppet with the strings cut.’
      • ‘He could see the malevolent grin upon her lips as she snarled up at the man that was a puppet upon her strings.’
      • ‘One by one, each of the guards fell to their knees and then down on their faces like puppets with their strings cut.’
      • ‘Heads would bob and shoulders would shake like puppets on strings under Goldfrapp's control.’
      • ‘Why did fate like to toy with their puppet strings so often, taking joy to their misery?’
      • ‘She was remembering how he had played her like a rag puppet being controlled by strings.’
      • ‘In the end, we all have to ask, are we simply puppets whose strings are being pulled by unseen forces?’
      • ‘They yanked on her chains forcing her to bend and twist at their will like a puppet on strings.’
      • ‘In this role, they often seemed like puppets on the strings of price.’
      • ‘Again, the elastic smile. She felt like a puppet whose mouth strings were being pulled.’
      • ‘He also wrote an autobiographical novel in the cruel and sentimental manner: characters as puppets on a string.’
      • ‘They pose like Barbie dolls (sometimes literally) or puppets with strings broken.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting a doll): later form of poppet, generally having a more unfavourable connotation.

Pronunciation:

puppet

/ˈpʌpɪt/