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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ My, what a poppet, Jimmy already knew how to pick them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Poppit \Pop"pit\, n. a small plastic bead with opposed holes and protuberant knobs, so shaped that the beads may be fastened to each other in chains and detached easily, and can be used to form variable-length chains for use as necklaces, bracelets, or other ornamental objects. Also called poppet and poppit bead.


Puppet \Pup"pet\, n. [OE. popet, OF. poupette; akin to F. poup['e]e a doll, probably from L. puppa, pupa, a girl, doll, puppet. Cf. Poupeton, Pupa, Pupil, Puppy.] [Written also poppet.]

  1. A small image in the human form; a doll.

  2. A similar figure moved by the hand or by a wire in a mock drama; a marionette; a wooden actor in a play.

    At the pipes of some carved organ move, The gilded puppets dance.

  3. One controlled in his action by the will of another; a tool; -- so used in contempt.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  4. (Mach.) The upright support for the bearing of the spindle in a lathe.

    Puppet master. Same as Puppetman.

    Puppet play, a puppet show.

    Puppet player, one who manages the motions of puppets.

    Puppet show, a mock drama performed by puppets moved by wires.

    Puppet valve, a valve in the form of a circular disk, which covers a hole in its seat, and opens by moving bodily away from the seat while remaining parallel with it, -- used in steam engines, pumps, safety valves, etc. Its edge is often beveled, and fits in a conical recess in the seat when the valve is closed. See the valves shown in Illusts. of Plunger pump, and Safety valve, under Plunger, and Safety.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"small human figure used in witchcraft and sorcery," c.1300, early form of puppet (n.). Meaning "small or dainty person" is recorded from late 14c.; later a term of endearment but also in other cases one of contempt.


n. 1 (context informal English) An endearingly sweet or beautiful child. 2 (context informal English) A young woman or girl. 3 The stem and valve head in a poppet valve. 4 A figurine or image of idolatry. 5 A doll made in witchcraft to represent a person, used in casting spells on that person. 6 (context nautical English) One of certain upright timbers on the bilge ways, used to support a vessel in launching. 7 (context engineering English) An upright support or guide fastened at the bottom only.


n. a mushroom-shaped valve that rises perpendicular from its seat; commonly used in internal-combustion engines [syn: poppet valve]


The word poppet is an older spelling of puppet, from the Middle English popet, meaning a small child or doll. In British English it continues to hold this meaning. Poppet is also a chiefly British term of endearment.

Usage examples of "poppet".

Heaf was there of course, with his sheep, Mrs Heaf, and Mackelyne was there with his, Mrs Mackelyne, and Strite was there with some dolly or poppet, and Supermaniam was there with one of his many-armed subcontinental divinities .

The Furies, it seemed, carried poppets, images of themselves stuffed full of pieces of their lives.

Out of the vast amount of source material available, out of the work of all the other specialists, the dreamers made the capsule life possible by imagining in sensory detail the new experiences that the poppets demanded.

There were some, he knew, who dreamed that sort of thing, and there were some death-wish poppets who went in for it.

She'd probably say worse than that about me, but the only thing she can think of is that since I dress like a boy sometimes, I might be a poppet or an androgyn.

And while I am dreaming, the little needles come and drink my blood, and then the laboratories analyze the proteins — the peptides, to be precise — and synthesize them, just as the brain does, and put them into little capsules, and the poppets pop it, you see?

He had his work, the surgery he had studied with only the most casual capsule assistance —coronoid, condyloid, styloid, mastoid, zygomatic arch, coronal suture — that brought him a steadily increasing number of patients as new ailments arose among the poppets, ailments whose diagnosis and treatment were not programmed into the computers.

Fresh herbs have more immediate energies than dried, though the latter are better in sachets and poppets.

I wouldn't try making a getaway, if I were you, poppet, unless you can change into a starling or squeeze into an empty milk churn.

Tease my miminy-piminy poppet before letting him have his little souvenir of Bardelask.

She's a poppet, an absolute gem, runs Rannaldini's houses, sorts out his finances, checks his contracts, protects him from importunate fans and ex-mistresses, looks after his hoards of fraightful kiddies, and whisks up supper whenever he invaites entire orchestras home without any warning.

When only the head is open, the person who made the last stitch should take it to the altar and fill the poppet with the charged herbs, speaking more healing words, and then sew up the head.