- a representation or copy of something, as for displaying to indicate appearance: a display of lipstick dummies made of colored plastic.
- a representation of a human figure, as for displaying clothes in store windows.
- Informal. a stupid person; dolt.
- a person who has nothing to say or who takes no active part in affairs.
- one put forward to act for others while ostensibly acting for oneself.
- Older Use: Offensive.a person who lacks the power of speech.
- a person who is characteristically and habitually silent.
- the declarer's partner, whose hand is exposed and played by the declarer.
- the hand of cards so exposed.
- a game so played.
- an imaginary player represented by an exposed hand that is played by and serves as partner to one of the players.
- British. pacifier(def 2).
- Printing. sheets folded and made up to show the size, shape, form, sequence, and general style of a contemplated piece of printing.
- a rammer for pushing out dents in lead pipe.
- Computers. an artificial address, instruction, or other datum fed into a computer only to fulfill prescribed conditions and not affecting operations for solving problems.
- Military. a nonexplosive bomb used for practice exercises.
- Dentistry. pontic.
- noting or pertaining to an imitation, representation, or copy.
- counterfeit; sham; fictitious.
- put forward to act for others while ostensibly acting for oneself.
- Cards. played with a dummy.
- Printing. to prepare a dummy of (often followed by up): The designer dummied up the book so that they could study the format.
- to represent in a dummy (often followed by in): to dummy in an illustration.
- dummy up, Informal. to keep silent; refuse to answer: If anybody asks you, just dummy up.
Origin of dummy
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- a figure representing the human form, used for displaying clothes, in a ventriloquist's act, as a target, etc
- a copy or imitation of an object, often lacking some essential feature of the original
- (as modifier)a dummy drawer
- slang a stupid person; fool
- derogatory, slang a person without the power of speech; mute
- informal a person who says or does nothing
- a person who appears to act for himself while acting on behalf of another
- (as modifier)a dummy buyer
- military a weighted round without explosives, used in drill and training
- the hand exposed on the table by the declarer's partner and played by the declarer
- the declarer's partner
- a prototype of a proposed book, indicating the general appearance and dimensions of the finished product
- a designer's layout of a page indicating the positions for illustrations, etc
- a feigned pass or move in a sport such as football or rugby
- British a rubber teat for babies to suck or bite onUS and Canadian equivalent: pacifier
- (modifier) counterfeit; sham
- (modifier) (of a card game) played with one hand exposed or unplayed
- to prepare a dummy of (a proposed book, page, etc)
- Also: sell someone a dummy sport to use a dummy pass in order to trick (an opponent)
C16: see dumb, -y ³
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Word Origin and History for dummy up
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