Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A subservient or insignificant person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A jointed figure used by painters, made of wood, cork, etc., in imitation of the human body.
  • noun Hence A living person or a character in fiction who lacks individuality, or who is treated merely as a foil or puppet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A jointed model of the human body used by artists, or to display clothes.
  • noun An unimportant person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun dummy in the form of an artist's jointed model of the human body

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, variant of ledenman : obsolete Dutch led, limb (from Middle Dutch lit) + man, man (from Middle Dutch; see manikin).]

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