- a jointed model of the human body, usually of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model.
- a similar figure used in shops to display costumes.
- a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity.
Origin of lay figure
Examples from the Web for lay figure
Historical Examples of lay figure
"Then I've seen her wrong," said Ludlow, and he stared at Charmian as if she were a lay-figure.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
The lay-figure of Stephen's sketches now initiated an adjustment of many things.A Pair of Blue Eyes
Nor is the painter's lay-figure connected with our verb to lay.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
She had been telling her she was nothing more than a lay-figure in the house.A Simpleton
Come and look again, Jean; it is the lay-figure, dear, nothing else in the world.Fernley House
Laura E. Richards
- an artist's jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp for studying effects of drapery
- a person considered to be subservient or unimportant