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  1. manikin.
  2. any of several estrildine finches of the genus Lonchura, of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands, often kept as cage birds.
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Origin of mannikin

variant of manikin


or man·ni·kin

  1. a little man; dwarf; pygmy.
  2. mannequin.
  3. a model of the human body for teaching anatomy, demonstrating surgical operations, etc.
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Origin of manikin

1560–70; < Dutch manneken, equivalent to man man1 + -ken -kin. See mannequin
Can be confusedmanikin mannequin
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Examples from the Web for mannikin

Historical Examples

  • I'm not quite the tailor's mannikin that I was in the old days at the 'Varsity.

    A Mating in the Wilds

    Ottwell Binns

  • She ought to be a mannikin when she grows up, and try on coats and mantles in shops.

  • The story of the mannikin who is clever at spinning or weaving is widespread.

  • At which one can only stare, as at a mannikin attacking a colossus.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • "Mannikin or not, that will I never do," shouted Asa Thor after the giant.

British Dictionary definitions for mannikin


  1. a variant spelling of manikin
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mannikin formerly manakin

  1. a little man; dwarf or child
    1. an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction
    2. Also called: phantoman anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics
  2. variant spellings of mannequin
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Word Origin

C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man
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Word Origin and History for mannikin



1560s, "jointed figure used by artists," from Dutch manneken, literally "little man," diminutive of Middle Dutch man (see man (n.)). Sense and spelling often blended with mannequin.

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