from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See mannequin.
- n. A subservient or insignificant person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A jointed model of the human body used by artists, or to display clothes.
- n. An unimportant person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mere puppet; one who serves the will of others without independent volition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A jointed figure used by painters, made of wood, cork, etc., in imitation of the human body.
- n. Hence A living person or a character in fiction who lacks individuality, or who is treated merely as a foil or puppet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dummy in the form of an artist's jointed model of the human body
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)