Meaning of muppet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmʌpɪt/


informal, derogatory British
  • An incompetent or foolish person.

    • ‘I have also had dealings with totally incompetent muppets posing as health professionals.’
    • ‘My eyes hurt and my brain creaks in protest at the muppets and their tomfoolery.’
    • ‘This kicks open the door for a generation of boybands and pop muppets, by proving to major record companies that it is perfectly possible to sell records with an artist who not only can't sing, but can't even talk on his own.’
    • ‘The big problem is with those muppets who go out in their 4x4s and do not have any rules, consideration or code of conduct at all.’
    • ‘Instead of saying their lines dead straight, like every good comedian is supposed to do, these two muppets are mugging like crazy and can barely keep the smirk out of their voices.’
    • ‘I asked for a rare fillet with pepper sauce, only to be told that they had run out of pepper sauce, right you muppets…’
    • ‘Unlike most of the muppets from school I normally meet, this guy WAS a mate.’
    • ‘I know we weren't supposed to be drinking last night, just blame the two muppets in the supermarket for that one.’
    • ‘So, they lost a customer even before the policy came into effect, muppets!’
    • ‘Then it went out, and like muppets we went back down, gawping at the damage and the distance the sea had retreated.’
    • ‘Okay, you kind of felt sorry for them but it was payback time for making the rest of us look like a bunch of muppets in the Maths class.’
    • ‘I suppose the muppets saw someone with the same name in the same town and decided to bill her.’
    • ‘He looks really sleek and I look like a real muppet.’
    • ‘She mentions that we should not take the lives of murderers as we cannot tell the true guilt of the offender, and when I read it first, because I'm a muppet, I thought that she meant, ‘How guilty they feel in themselves’.’
    • ‘No, no, I know I should have done something, but I just stood there like a muppet, not knowing what to do.’
    • ‘Some muppet's just tried to mug him in Woolwich on his way to work, he's already been done over twice already, once at the bottom of our street for a pound!’
    • ‘This is either a slight glitch that they'll fix, or I'm being a muppet and misunderstanding the process.’
    • ‘The food is amazingly good and served by a muppet with fazzled hair.’
    • ‘I used to think that you were a complete muppet, but you've changed my opinion.’
    • ‘The job is not getting done whilst you constantly take time to attack or defend whoever is the muppet of the month.’
    idiot, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod


1980s from Muppet, the generic name given to various puppets and marionettes created by Jim Henson (1936–90) for the children's television programmes Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.