lay figure


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

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Examples of lay figure in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of lay figure

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lay figure

obsolete English layman lay figure, from Dutch leeman

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The first known use of lay figure was in 1795

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“Lay figure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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to insert between existing elements

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