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dummy

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noun dum·my \ˈdə-mē\

Definition of dummy

plural

dummies

  1. 1a dated, offensive :  a person who is incapable of speakingb :  a person who is habitually silentc :  a stupid person <He's no dummy.> <She loves you, you dummy.>

  2. 2 card games a :  the exposed hand in bridge played by the declarer in addition to his or her own handb :  a bridge player whose hand is a dummy

  3. 3 :  an imitation, copy, or likeness of something used as a substitute: such asa :  mannequin <a crash test dummy>b football :  a stuffed figure or cylindrical bag used for tackling (see 2tackle 2b) and blocking practicec entertainment :  a large puppet usually having movable features (as mouth and arms) manipulated by a ventriloquistd chiefly British :  pacifier 2

  4. 4 :  one seeming to act independently but in reality controlled by another <a dummy for the real store owner>

  5. 5 printing 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 (see printer a)

Examples of dummy in a sentence

  1. She loves you, you dummy.

  2. They practiced CPR on a dummy.

  3. The bomb was just a dummy.

Origin and Etymology of dummy

1dumb + 4-y


First Known Use: 1598


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dummy

adjective dum·my

Definition of dummy

  1. 1a :  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 in a sentence

  1. They took apart a dummy bomb.

  2. <the dummy shutters on the house are actually made of vinyl and are for decoration only>

Origin and Etymology of dummy

see 1dummy


First Known Use: 1846


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dummy

verb dum·my

Definition of dummy

dummied

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dummying

publishing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a dummy (see 1dummy 5) of (as a publication) —often used with up <dummied up the front page>

Origin and Etymology of dummy

see 1dummy


First Known Use: circa 1928



DUMMY Defined for English Language Learners

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dummy

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noun dum·my \ˈdə-mē\

Definition of dummy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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dummy

adjective dum·my

Definition of dummy for English Language Learners

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


DUMMY Defined for Kids

dummy

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noun dum·my \ˈdə-mē\

Definition of dummy for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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dummy

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noun dum·my \ˈdəm-ē\

Medical Definition of dummy

plural

dummies

  1. 1:  a horse lacking the ability to respond to ordinary stimuli because of cerebral damage especially following encephalomyelitis

  2. 2:  pontic

  3. 3:  placebo


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dummy

adjective dum·my

Medical Definition of dummy

  1. :  being a placebo <those who unknowingly receive a dummy pill instead of the real thing—Nicholas Wade>



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