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Meaning of dummy by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From dumb +‎ -y .


    • IPA: /ˈdʌmi/
    • Rhymes: -ʌmi


    dummy ( plural: dummies )

    1. A silent person; a person who does not talk .
    2. An unintelligent person .
      Don't be such a dummy!
    3. A figure of a person or animal used by a ventriloquist; a puppet .
    4. Something constructed with the size and form of a human, to be used in place of a person .
      To understand the effects of the accident, we dropped a dummy from the rooftop .
    5. A deliberately nonfunctional device or tool used in place of a functional one .
      The hammer and drill in the display are dummies .
    6. ( UK, New Zealand ) A pacifier .
      The baby wants her dummy .
    7. ( card games, chiefly bridge ) A player whose hand is shown and is to be played from by another player .
    8. ( UK ) A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; a feint.
    9. ( linguistics ) A word serving only to make a construction grammatical .
      The pronoun "it" in "It's a mystery why this happened" is a dummy .
    10. ( programming ) An unused parameter or value .
      If flag1 is false, the other parameters are dummies .


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    dummy ( third-person singular simple present dummies present participle dummying, simple past and past participle dummied )

    1. To make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality .
      The carpenters dummied some props for the rehearsals .
    2. To feint

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Explanation of dummy by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make a dummy of

    2. dummy up the books that are to be published
    1. having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function

    2. a dummy corporation
    1. a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet

    2. a figure representing the human form

    3. an ignorant or foolish person

    4. a person who does not talk

    Definition of dummy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Dummy a. [See Dumb.]
      1. Silent; mute; noiseless; as a dummy engine.

      2. Fictitious or sham; feigned; as, “a dummy watch”.

      Dummy car. See under Car.

    2. Dummy, n.; pl. Dummies
      1. One who is dumb. H. Smith.

      2. A sham package in a shop, or one which does not contain what its exterior indicates.

      3. An imitation or copy of something, to be used as a substitute; a model; a lay figure; as, a figure on which clothing is exhibited in shop windows; a blank paper copy used to show the size of the future book, etc.

      4. ( Drama ) One who plays a merely nominal part in any action; a sham character.

      5. An ignorant or thick-witted person; a foolish person; a dolt.

      Syn. -- dope, boob, booby, pinhead, dumbbell.

      6. ( Railroad ) A locomotive with condensing engines, and, hence, without the noise of escaping steam; also, a dummy car.

      7. ( Card Playing ) The fourth or exposed hand when three persons play at a four-handed game of cards.

      8. A floating barge connected with a pier. Knight.

      To play dummy, to play the exposed or dummy hand in cards. The partner of the dummy plays it.