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dummy

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noun dum·my \ˈdə-mē\

Simple Definition of dummy

  • : 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

Full Definition of dummy

plural dummies

  1. 1 a usually offensive :  a person who is incapable of speaking b :  a person who is habitually silent c :  a stupid person

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  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

  4. 4 :  one seeming to act independently but in reality controlled by another

  5. 5 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


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dummy

adjective dum·my

Simple Definition of dummy

  • : looking real but not functioning or able to be used

Full Definition of dummy

  1. 1 a :  having the appearance of being real :  artificial <dummy foods in the display case> b :  existing in name only :  fictitious <dummy corporations>

  2. 2 :  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>



1846

First Known Use of dummy

1846


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dummy

verb dum·my

Definition of dummy

dum·mieddum·my·ing

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



Circa 1928

First Known Use of dummy

circa 1928



DUMMY Defined for Kids

dummy

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noun dum·my \ˈdə-mē\

Definition of dummy

plural dummies

  1. 1 :  something shaped like a human <a clothes store dummy>

  2. 2 :  a doll used in a ventriloquist's act

  3. 3 :  a stupid person





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