noun dum·my \ˈdə-mē\

: a stupid person

: a doll that is shaped like and is as large as a person

: a copy of a finished object that is used during practice or training

plural dummies

Full Definition of DUMMY

a usually offensive :  a person who is incapable of speaking
b :  a person who is habitually silent
c :  a stupid person
a :  the exposed hand in bridge played by the declarer in addition to his or her own hand
b :  a bridge player whose hand is a dummy
:  an imitation, copy, or likeness of something used as a substitute: as
a :  mannequin
b :  a stuffed figure or cylindrical bag used by football players for tackling and blocking practice
c :  a large puppet usually having movable features (as mouth and arms) manipulated by a ventriloquist
d chiefly British :  pacifier 2
:  one seeming to act independently but in reality controlled by another
a :  a mock-up of a proposed publication (as a book or magazine)
b :  a set of pages (as for a newspaper or magazine) with the position of text and artwork indicated for the printer

Examples of DUMMY

  1. She loves you, you dummy.
  2. They practiced CPR on a dummy.
  3. The bomb was just a dummy.

Origin of DUMMY

1dumb + 4-y
First Known Use: 1598



: looking real but not functioning or able to be used

Full Definition of DUMMY

a :  having the appearance of being real :  artificial <dummy foods in the display case>
b :  existing in name only :  fictitious <dummy corporations>
:  apparently acting for oneself while really acting for or at the direction of another <a dummy director>

Examples of DUMMY

  1. They took apart a dummy bomb.
  2. <the dummy shutters on the house are actually made of vinyl and are for decoration only>

First Known Use of DUMMY


Rhymes with DUMMY



Definition of DUMMY

transitive verb
:  to make a dummy of (as a publication) —often used with up <dummied up the front page>

First Known Use of DUMMY

circa 1928


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