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puppet (n.)

1530s, "doll or little figure of a person moved by strings or wires" (later applied to puppets in glove form), a later form of Middle English popet "doll" (c. 1300; compare poppet), from Old French popette "little doll, puppet," diminutive of popee "doll, puppet" (13c., Modern French poupée), from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latin pupa "girl; doll" (see pupil (n.1)).

The metaphoric extension to "one actuated by the will of another, one whose actions are manipulated by another" is recorded from 1540s (as poppet). Puppet show "dramatic performance with puppets" is attested from 1650s, earlier puppet-play (1550s). Puppet government, one managed by the will of another power, is attested from 1884 (in reference to Egypt). Puppet-master "manager of a puppet-show" is by 1630s.

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Definitions of puppet from WordNet

puppet (n.)
a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer;
Synonyms: marionette
puppet (n.)
a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else;
Synonyms: creature / tool
puppet (n.)
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;
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