- 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
Related Words for dummyidiot, sub, form, figure, ringer, substitute, duplicate, counterfeit, imitation, model, copy, manikin, sham, stand-in, fool, oaf, dunce, dullard, blockhead, moron
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Contemporary Examples of dummy
On Friday, she appeared in court as Ann Marie Miller, again proving herself to be no dummy and decidedly different.The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger
September 29, 2014
What did you use as the hammer during that kill scene, and were you just hitting a dummy that spurted blood out?Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington on Jon Snow’s Heroism and Loss in the Battle of Castle Black
June 9, 2014
Somebody (a monk, I presume) has put a dummy dressed in a guard's uniform inside.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
In a sermon on Sunday, the chair of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP called Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) "a dummy."NAACP Attacks Tim Scott
January 22, 2014
It was a Pakistani agenda, and we played the role of the dummy.Pakistan’s Sinister Use of Prisoners
January 26, 2013
Historical Examples of dummy
He walked over to the dummy and touched the wooden head with his hand.
He walked over to Spud, lifted the dummy into position in the crook of his arm.
He ran a hand across his eyes, dropped the dummy onto the desk.
Again the dummy's mouth opened, the head bobbed and the eyes blinked.
IN the next two or three days Dummy he got to be powerful popular.Tom Sawyer, Detective
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- 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)