A small figure (usually of a person or animal) which can be manipulated in such a manner that it appears to be alive. Puppets usually have a cloth body and a hollow head that fits over and is moved by the hand. Some of them, called marionettes, are moved by strings. Famous puppets include Punch and Judy, Pinocchio, and the Muppets.

Also, someone whose acts are controlled by an outside force or influence.