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.
  • 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)


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