- 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.
dummy definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
noun pl. dummies
- 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: ; from dumb plush -y
- imitation; sham; fictitious
- secretly acting as a front for another: a dummy corporation
dummy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun pl. dum·mies
- 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 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.
- Computer Science 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.
- Serving as a front or cover for another: a dummy corporation.
- Games Played with a dummy.
- Computer Science Entered or provided only to meet prescribed conditions: a dummy variable.
To make a model of (a publication or page).Phrasal Verb: dummy up Slang To keep silence; clam up.
Origin: From dumb.