man·​i·​kin | \ ˈma-ni-kən How to pronounce manikin (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mannikin

Definition of manikin

1 : mannequin
2 dated, usually disparaging : a little man : dwarf, pygmy

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the store has manikins so lifelike that they have startled me on more than one occasion the undulating movements of the manikins as they strutted down the catwalk

First Known Use of manikin

circa 1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manikin

Dutch mannekijn little man, from Middle Dutch, diminutive of man; akin to Old English man

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The first known use of manikin was circa 1536

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“Manikin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of manikin

: a model of the human body commonly in detachable pieces for exhibiting the parts and organs, their position, and relations

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