- Dummy means fake.
An example of dummy used as an adjective is in the phrase "dummy trap," which means a fake trap.
- The definition of a dummy is a fool, or a figure made to look like a person.
- An example of a dummy is a person who makes the same silly mistake over and over again.
- An example of a dummy is a figure used in seat belt testing.
- Slang a person unable to talk; mute: an offensive term
- a figure made in human form, as for displaying clothing, practicing tackling in football, etc.
- an imitation or sham; substitute for the real thing, as an empty container or false drawer
- a person secretly acting for another while apparently representing his or her own interests
- Slang a stupid person
- the declarer's partner, whose hand is arranged face up on the table and played by the declarer
- such a hand
- a set of pages with the layout, as for a magazine
- a bound volume with blank pages, used as a model for a planned book
Origin of dummy; from dumb + -y
- imitation; sham; fictitious
- secretly acting as a front for another: a dummy corporation
- An imitation of a real or original object, intended to be used as a practical substitute.
- a. A mannequin used in displaying clothes.b. A figure of a person or an animal manipulated by a ventriloquist.c. A stuffed or pasteboard figure used as a target.d. Football A heavy stuffed cylindrical bag used for blocking and tackling practice.
- A stupid person; a dolt.
- A silent or taciturn person.
- a. Law A person or entity that is the named party to a transaction but that acts on behalf of another concealed person or entity. Also called nominee, straw person.b. A person or an agency secretly in the service of another.
- Printing a. One of a set of model pages with text and illustrations pasted into place to direct the printer. Also called dummy page.b. A set of bound blank pages used as a model to show the size and general appearance of a book being published.
- Games a. The partner in bridge who exposes his or her hand to be played by the declarer.b. The hand thus exposed.
- Computers A character or other piece of information entered into a computer only to meet prescribed conditions, such as word length, and having no effect on operations.
- Simulating or replacing something but lacking its function: a dummy pocket; a dummy medication in a study.
- Serving as a front or cover for another: a dummy corporation.
- Games Played with a dummy.
- Computers Entered or provided only to meet prescribed conditions: a dummy variable.
transitive verbdum·mied, dum·my·ing, dum·mies Printing
Origin of dummyFrom dumb.
- A silent person; a person who does not talk.
- An unintelligent person.
- Don't be such a dummy!
- A figure of a person or animal used by a ventriloquist; a puppet.
- Something constructed with the size and form of a human, to be used in place of a person.
- To understand the effects of the accident, we dropped a dummy from the rooftop.
- A deliberately nonfunctional device or tool used in place of a functional one.
- The hammer and drill in the display are dummies.
- (UK, New Zealand) A "dummy teat"; a plastic or rubber teat used to soothe or comfort a baby; a pacifier. [from 20th c.]
- The baby wants her dummy.
- (card games, chiefly bridge) A player whose hand is shown and is to be played from by another player.
- (UK) A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; a feint.
- (linguistics) A word serving only to make a construction grammatical.
- The pronoun "it" in "It's a mystery why this happened" is a dummy.
- (programming) An unused parameter or value.
- If flag1 is false, the other parameters are dummies.
(third-person singular simple present dummies, present participle dummying, simple past and past participle dummied)
From dumb + -y.