Meaning of DUMMY in English


I. dum ‧ my 1 /ˈdʌmi/ BrE AmE noun ( plural dummies ) [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ dumb 1 ]

1 . FOR CLOTHES a model that is the shape and size of a person, especially used in order to show clothes in a shop or when you are making clothes:

a shop-window dummy

a tailor’s dummy

2 . COPY an object that is made to look like a tool, weapon, vehicle etc but which you cannot use:

During practice runs, the warheads in the missiles will be dummies.

3 . DOLL a small model of a person, with a mouth that can be moved so that it looks as though it is talking, used for entertainment:

a ventriloquist’s dummy

4 . SPORTS British English a move in a sport such as football in which a player pretends to pass the ball but does not, in order to deceive the other team’s players

5 .

FOR BABIES British English a specially shaped rubber object that you put in a baby’s mouth for it to suck SYN pacifier American English

6 . STUPID PERSON especially American English informal someone who is stupid:

No, you dummy. The other hand.

7 . CARD GAME cards that are placed on the table by one player for all the other players to see in a game of ↑ bridge

⇨ spit the dummy at ↑ spit (9)

II. dummy 2 BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]

a dummy tool, weapon, vehicle etc is made to look like a real one but you cannot use it SYN replica :

a dummy rifle

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