Coined by Jim Henson as an alteration of puppet. Henson once claimed that the word was a blend of marionette + puppet, supposedly because a Muppet is operated partly like a glove puppet and partly like a marionette; he later recanted that explanation, as the similarity to marionettes is tenuous at best.
- Rhymes: -ʌpɪt
Muppet (plural Muppets)
- A type of puppet created by Jim Henson, the Jim Henson Company, or the Muppets Studio LLC, and popularized by Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, typically operated with one hand of the puppeteer inside the head and a rod or glove to move one arm of the puppet.
- One of a group of established puppet characters acting as a sort of repertory company, which first appeared as a group on The Muppet Show and features Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo.
- One of a group of established puppet characters appearing on Sesame Street, including Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster.