One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A puppet worked from above by strings attached to its limbs.
glove puppet, hand puppet, finger puppet, rod puppet, shadow puppetView synonyms
- ‘A marionette danced on strings, a jester decking in bells and bright red and yellow.’
- ‘Performed by a series of exquisite marionettes, it is truly magical.’
- ‘Jim Henson founded his company in 1958, inventing the term ‘muppet’ as a cross between the words marionette and puppet.’
- ‘And the motion of these characters is positively stilted and looks like marionettes on strings as they bob and nod about.’
- ‘The tale, which is told by two puppeteers, features marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets and mask and stilt characters.’
- ‘His words became little white letters on the bottom of the screen for my benefit, his mouth moving soundlessly like a marionette, a puppet with his strings drawn by the public.’
- ‘I chose to start with the medical exam because I wanted to show the weakness of the human body in a situation in which the body seems to be moved by strings, like a marionette.’
- ‘Rather than cardboard cutouts, like South Park, the movie uses puppets - marionettes, actually.’
- ‘Puppet shows using glove and hand puppets, shadow puppets, and marionettes are performed there, depicting stories from Uzbek history.’
- ‘She suddenly felt as if she were a marionette whose strings were pulled so taut that she was forced onto her toes, her head pulled back.’
- ‘I almost saw Don Giovanni performed by marionettes - the Czech marionette tradition is one of the best in Europe!’
- ‘For clarification, Teresa was explaining to the class that they were going to be like marionettes hanging by the strings.’
- ‘In Movement of Animals Aristotle likened the body's actions to those of a marionette, in that the bones correspond to the pegs and the sinews to the strings which cause movements.’
- ‘Later, in the '90s, she visited Prague, where she met and studied with Czech puppeteers and discovered the allure of marionettes and puppet theatre.’
- ‘Here you get to see real marionettes and puppeteers in action.’
- ‘The figure dances, like a marionette whose strings are pulled by popular music; yet the figure is also flexible, suggestive perhaps of the flexibility of style itself.’
- ‘For us, real marionettes, string marionettes, produced those moments of otherness, they created a spell, something very unnerving, disquieting.’
- ‘Folklore also surrounds Belgium's traditional puppet theater, whose marionettes are based on characters from the tales of their particular cities.’
- ‘Making the puppets so large, though, undermines the puppet actors' role; why use marionettes if they are as big as people?’
- ‘Reaching out, the fingers started waggling like a marionette having its strings being pulled.’
Early 17th century: from French marionnette, from Marion, diminutive of the given name Marie.
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