Lay-figure meaning

A subservient or insignificant person.
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An artist's jointed model of the human form, on which drapery is arranged to get the proper effect.
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A person who is a mere puppet or a nonentity.
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A jointed model of the human body used by artists, or to display clothes.
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An unimportant person.
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Origin of lay-figure

  • From obsolete layman from Dutch leeman variant of ledenman obsolete Dutch led limb (from Middle Dutch lit) man man (from Middle Dutch manikin)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition