Definition of lay figure
1 : a jointed model of the human body used by artists to show the disposition of drapery
2 : a person so compliant as to be likened to a puppet
Examples of lay figure
<the novel's characters are not fully fleshed humans, but are simply lay figures strutted out to serve as mouthpieces for conflicting points of view>
Origin of lay figure
obsolete English layman lay figure, from Dutch leeman
First Known Use: 1795
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