- an artist's jointed model of the human form, on which drapery is arranged to get the proper effect
- a person who is a mere puppet or a nonentity
Origin of lay figureearlier layman ; from Dutch leeman ; from Middle Dutch led, limb, joint, akin to Old English lith, limb + man, man
- See mannequin.
- A subservient or insignificant person.
Origin of lay figureFrom obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, variant of ledenman : obsolete Dutch led, limb (from Middle Dutch lit) + man, man (from Middle Dutch; see manikin).
(plural lay figures)
- A jointed model of the human body used by artists, or to display clothes.
- An unimportant person.