meat puppet

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meat puppet (plural meat puppets)

  1. (slang, US) A prostitute.
  2. (derogatory, slang) a newsreader who is not a reporter.
    • 1989: "A Couple of Eccentric Guys" by Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker
      I played what Penn likes to refer to as “the meat puppet.” It’s a term he picked up from television cameramen, who invented it as a description of some of the beautiful but vacant people who recite the local news.
    • 1995. Proceedings of International Symposium on Digital Libraries 1995: August 22-25, 1995 : Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
      "Meat puppet" is [sic] television industry term for news anchors who read the news but are not skilled reporters.
    • 2001. The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Smart Vocabulary, p.88. Paul McFedries, Alpha Books
      Another not-so-nice term is meat puppet, a newscaster who is the intellectual equivalent of a puppet.
  3. (slang, Britain) A penis.
  4. (Wiktionary and WMF jargon) A user who makes unconstructive edits on behalf of another user.


  • The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. 2006.