or man·ni·kin

[ man-i-kin ]
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  1. a little man; dwarf; pygmy.

  1. a model of the human body for teaching anatomy, demonstrating surgical operations, etc.

Origin of manikin

1560–70; <Dutch manneken, equivalent to manman + -ken-kin. See mannequin

Words that may be confused with manikin

Words Nearby manikin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use manikin in a sentence

  • But unseen by the king, the manikin was standing beside him when he said that, and heard all.

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  • For thirty years that great and good man had been represented by a stuffed manikin.

  • Gliding here and yon, and jiggling a tray to serve the general need, went a waxen-faced manikin.

British Dictionary definitions for manikin


mannikin formerly manakin

/ (ˈmænɪkɪn) /

  1. a little man; dwarf or child

    • an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction

    • Also called: phantom an anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics

  1. variant spellings of mannequin

Origin of manikin

C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man

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