moppet endearing term for a baby, a girl, etc., c.1600, from M.E. moppe "little child, baby doll" (mid-15c.) + -et, dim. suffix. The Middle English word also meant "simpleton, fool," and may have been cognate with Low Ger. mop "simpleton" [Barnhart]. Or, if "baby doll" is the original sense in Middle English, perhaps from L. mappa "napkin, tablecloth," hence "rag doll."

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  • Moppet — Mop pet, n. [From 3d {Mop}.] 1. A rag baby; a puppet made of cloth; hence, also, in fondness, a little girl, or a woman. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A long haired pet dog. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moppet — [mäp′it] n. [dim. of ME moppe, rag doll < ?] Informal a little child: a term of affection …   English World dictionary

  • Moppet — little girl (from moppet = doll) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • moppet — Australian Slang little girl (from moppet = doll) …   English dialects glossary

  • moppet —    A term of endearment used especially to a young girl. It derives from ‘mop’, which was a playful term used to a baby in the fifteenth century. It appears to have meant something like ‘you silly thing’ at that time. The diminutive form ‘moppet’ …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • moppet — noun Etymology: obsolete English mop fool, child Date: 1601 1. archaic baby, darling 2. child …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moppet — /mop it/, n. a young child. [1900 05; obs. mop rag doll, baby (see MOP1) + ET] * * * …   Universalium

  • moppet — noun child …   Wiktionary

  • moppet — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A young person between birth and puberty: bud1, child, innocent, juvenile, tot1, youngster. Informal: kid. Scots: bairn. See KIN, YOUTH …   English dictionary for students

  • moppet — mop|pet [ˈmɔpıt US ˈma: ] n informal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: mop stupid person, baby (14 16 centuries)] a small child …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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