Part of speech: noun
Origin: Unknown, early 20th century
A small endearingly sweet child.
Examples of Moppet in a sentence
"Carl is the father of three adorable moppets."
"My brother is six feet tall now, but he used to be such a moppet."
Popularity Over Time
Moppet is an English word through and through. The noun first evolved from the now-obsolete word “moppe,” which means “baby” or “rag doll.”
Did you Know?
There’s a very big difference between referring to someone as a “muppet” and as a “moppet.” A moppet is a small, endearing child, while a muppet is a term for a combination puppet and marionette as coined by puppeteer Jim Henson. Still cute, but muppets tend to be shaggier.