American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See mannequin.
- n. A subservient or insignificant person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A jointed figure used by painters, made of wood, cork, etc., in imitation of the human body. It can be placed in any position or attitude, and serves when clothed as a model for draperies, etc. Formerly also called
- n. Hence A living person or a character in fiction who lacks individuality, or who is treated merely as a foil or puppet.
- n. A jointed model of the human body used by artists, or to display clothes.
- n. An unimportant person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mere puppet; one who serves the will of others without independent volition.
- From obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, variant of ledenman : obsolete Dutch led, limb (from Middle Dutch lit) + man, man (from Middle Dutch; see manikin). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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