- 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: earlier layman < Du leeman < MDu led, limb, joint, akin to OE lith, limb + man, man
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- See mannequin.
- A subservient or insignificant person.
Origin: From obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, variant of ledenman : obsolete Dutch led, limb (from Middle Dutch lit) + man, man (from Middle Dutch; see manikin).