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dummy

noun dum·my \ ˈdə-mē \

Definition of dummy

plural dummies
1 a dated, offensive :a person who is incapable of speaking
b :a person who is habitually silent
c :a stupid person
  • He's no dummy.
  • She loves you, you dummy.
2 card games
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 :an imitation, copy, or likeness of something used as a substitute: such as
a :mannequin
  • a crash test dummy
b football :a stuffed figure or cylindrical bag used for tackling (see 2tackle 1b) and blocking practice
c entertainment :a large puppet usually having movable features (such as mouth and arms) manipulated by a ventriloquist
d chiefly British :pacifier 2
4 :one seeming to act independently but in reality controlled by another
  • a dummy for the real store owner
5 printing
a :a mock-up of a proposed publication (such 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.

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Origin and Etymology of dummy


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dummy

adjective

Definition of dummy

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

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Origin and Etymology of dummy

see 1dummy


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dummy

verb

Definition of dummy

dummied; dummying
transitive verb
publishing
:to make a dummy (see 1dummy 5) of (something, such as a publication) often used with up
  • dummied up the front page

Origin and Etymology of dummy

see 1dummy



DUMMY Defined for English Language Learners

dummy

noun

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


dummy

adjective

Definition of dummy for English Language Learners

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


DUMMY Defined for Kids

dummy

noun dum·my \ ˈdə-mē \

Definition of dummy for Students

plural dummies
1 :something shaped like a human
  • a clothes store dummy
2 :a doll used in a ventriloquist's act
3 :a stupid person

Medical Dictionary

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dummy

noun dum·my \ ˈdəm-ē \

medical Definition of dummy

plural dummies
1 :a horse lacking the ability to respond to ordinary stimuli because of cerebral damage especially following encephalomyelitis
2 :pontic
3 :placebo

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dummy

adjective

medical Definition of dummy

:being a placebo
  • those who unknowingly receive a dummy pill instead of the real thing
  • —Nicholas Wade


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