Etymology
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stooge (n.)

1913, "stage assistant, actor who assists a comedian," of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of student (with the mispronunciation STOO-jent) in sense of "apprentice." Meaning "lackey, person used for another's purpose" first recorded 1937. The Three Stooges film slapstick act debuted in movies in 1930, originally as "Ted Healy and His Stooges."

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Definitions of stooge
1
stooge (v.)
cruise in slow or routine flights;
stooge (v.)
act as the stooge;
His role was to stooge for the popular comedian
stooge (v.)
act as a stooge, in a compliant or subordinate manner;
He stooged for the flamboyant Senator
2
stooge (n.)
a person of unquestioning obedience;
Synonyms: flunky / flunkey / yes-man
stooge (n.)
a victim of ridicule or pranks;
Synonyms: butt / goat / laughingstock
From wordnet.princeton.edu