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dum·my

 (dŭm′ē)
n. pl. dum·mies
1. An imitation of a real or original object, intended to be used as a practical substitute.
2.
a. A mannequin used in displaying clothes.
b. A figure of a person or an animal manipulated by a ventriloquist.
c. A stuffed or pasteboard figure used as a target.
d. Football A heavy stuffed cylindrical bag used for blocking and tackling practice.
3. A stupid person; a dolt.
4. A silent or taciturn person.
5.
a. Law A person or entity that is the named party to a transaction but that acts on behalf of another concealed person or entity. Also called nominee, straw person.
b. A person or an agency secretly in the service of another.
6. Printing
a. One of a set of model pages with text and illustrations pasted into place to direct the printer. Also called dummy page.
b. A set of bound blank pages used as a model to show the size and general appearance of a book being published.
7. Games
a. The partner in bridge who exposes his or her hand to be played by the declarer.
b. The hand thus exposed.
8. Computers A character or other piece of information entered into a computer only to meet prescribed conditions, such as word length, and having no effect on operations.
adj.
1. Simulating or replacing something but lacking its function: a dummy pocket; a dummy medication in a study.
2. Serving as a front or cover for another: a dummy corporation.
3. Games Played with a dummy.
4. Computers Entered or provided only to meet prescribed conditions: a dummy variable.
tr.v. dum·mied, dum·my·ing, dum·mies Printing
To make a model of (a publication or page).
Phrasal Verb:
dummy up Slang
To keep silent; give no information.

[From dumb.]

dummy

(ˈdʌmɪ)
n, pl -mies
1. a figure representing the human form, used for displaying clothes, in a ventriloquist's act, as a target, etc
2.
a. a copy or imitation of an object, often lacking some essential feature of the original
b. (as modifier): a dummy drawer.
3. slang a stupid person; fool
4. derogatory slang a person without the power of speech; mute
5. informal a person who says or does nothing
6.
a. a person who appears to act for himself or herself while acting on behalf of another
b. (as modifier): a dummy buyer.
7. (Military) military a weighted round without explosives, used in drill and training
8. (Bridge) bridge
a. the hand exposed on the table by the declarer's partner and played by the declarer
b. the declarer's partner
9. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding)
a. a prototype of a proposed book, indicating the general appearance and dimensions of the finished product
b. a designer's layout of a page indicating the positions for illustrations, etc
10. (Soccer) a feigned pass or move in a sport such as football or rugby
11. (Rugby) a feigned pass or move in a sport such as football or rugby
12. Brit a rubber teat for babies to suck or bite on. US and Canadian equivalent: pacifier
13. (modifier) counterfeit; sham
14. (Card Games) (modifier) (of a card game) played with one hand exposed or unplayed
vb, -mies, -mying or -mied
15. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) to prepare a dummy of (a proposed book, page, etc)
16. (Soccer) sport Also: sell someone a dummy to use a dummy pass in order to trick (an opponent)
17. (Rugby) sport Also: sell someone a dummy to use a dummy pass in order to trick (an opponent)
[C16: see dumb, -y3]

dum•my

(ˈdʌm i)

n., pl. -mies, n.
1. an imitation, representation, or copy of something, as for use in a display: lipstick dummies made of colored plastic.
2. a representation of a human figure, as for displaying clothes in store windows.
3. Informal. a stupid person; dolt.
4. a person who has nothing to say or who takes no active part in affairs.
5. one put forward to act for others while ostensibly acting for oneself.
6. Older Slang.
a. Offensive. a person who lacks the power of speech.
b. a person who is characteristically and habitually silent.
7. (in bridge)
a. the declarer's partner, whose hand is exposed and played by the declarer.
b. the hand of cards so exposed.
8. sheets folded and made up to show the size, shape, sequence, and style of a contemplated piece of printing.
9. a nonexplosive bomb used for practice exercises.
adj.
10. noting or pertaining to an imitation, representation, or copy.
11. counterfeit; sham; fictitious.
12. put forward to act for others while ostensibly acting for oneself.
v.t.
13. to prepare a printing dummy of (often fol. by up).
14. to represent in a dummy (often fol. by in): to dummy in an illustration.
[1590–1600; dumb + -y3]
usage: See dumb.

dummy

See: decoy.

dummy


Past participle: dummied
Gerund: dummying

Imperative
dummy
dummy
Present
I dummy
you dummy
he/she/it dummies
we dummy
you dummy
they dummy
Preterite
I dummied
you dummied
he/she/it dummied
we dummied
you dummied
they dummied
Present Continuous
I am dummying
you are dummying
he/she/it is dummying
we are dummying
you are dummying
they are dummying
Present Perfect
I have dummied
you have dummied
he/she/it has dummied
we have dummied
you have dummied
they have dummied
Past Continuous
I was dummying
you were dummying
he/she/it was dummying
we were dummying
you were dummying
they were dummying
Past Perfect
I had dummied
you had dummied
he/she/it had dummied
we had dummied
you had dummied
they had dummied
Future
I will dummy
you will dummy
he/she/it will dummy
we will dummy
you will dummy
they will dummy
Future Perfect
I will have dummied
you will have dummied
he/she/it will have dummied
we will have dummied
you will have dummied
they will have dummied
Future Continuous
I will be dummying
you will be dummying
he/she/it will be dummying
we will be dummying
you will be dummying
they will be dummying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dummying
you have been dummying
he/she/it has been dummying
we have been dummying
you have been dummying
they have been dummying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dummying
you will have been dummying
he/she/it will have been dummying
we will have been dummying
you will have been dummying
they will have been dummying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dummying
you had been dummying
he/she/it had been dummying
we had been dummying
you had been dummying
they had been dummying
Conditional
I would dummy
you would dummy
he/she/it would dummy
we would dummy
you would dummy
they would dummy
Past Conditional
I would have dummied
you would have dummied
he/she/it would have dummied
we would have dummied
you would have dummied
they would have dummied

dummy

1. pacifier
2. The pretense of passing the ball while still holding on to it.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dummy - a person who does not talkdummy - a person who does not talk    
deaf-and-dumb person, deaf-mute, mute - a deaf person who is unable to speak
2.dummy - an ignorant or foolish persondummy - an ignorant or foolish person  
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
3.dummy - a figure representing the human form
figure - a model of a bodily form (especially of a person); "he made a figure of Santa Claus"
lay figure - dummy in the form of an artist's jointed model of the human body
manakin, mannequin, mannikin, manikin, form - a life-size dummy used to display clothes
ventriloquist's dummy - a wooden dummy into which a ventriloquist projects the voice
4.dummy - a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
cartridge - ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun
Verb1.dummy - make a dummy of; "dummy up the books that are to be published"
produce, create, make - create or manufacture a man-made product; "We produce more cars than we can sell"; "The company has been making toys for two centuries"
Adj.1.dummy - having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function; "a dummy corporation"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"

dummy

noun
1. model, figure, mannequin, form, manikin, lay figure a shop-window dummy
2. imitation, copy, duplicate, sham, counterfeit, replica The police video camera was a dummy.
3. (Slang) fool, jerk (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), idiot, plank (Brit. slang), charlie (Brit. informal), berk (Brit. slang), prick (derogatory slang), wally (slang), prat (slang), plonker (slang), coot, geek (slang), dunce, oaf, simpleton, dullard, dimwit (informal), dipstick (Brit. slang), dickhead (slang), gonzo (slang), schmuck (U.S. slang), dork (slang), nitwit (informal), dolt, blockhead, divvy (Brit. slang), pillock (Brit. slang), dweeb (U.S. slang), putz (U.S. slang), fathead (informal), weenie (U.S. informal), eejit (Scot. & Irish), thicko (Brit. slang), dumb-ass (slang), gobshite (Irish taboo slang), numpty (Scot. informal), doofus (slang, chiefly U.S.), lamebrain (informal), fuckwit (taboo slang), dickwit (slang), nerd or nurd (slang), numbskull or numskull He's no dummy, this guy.
adjective
1. imitation, false, fake, artificial, mock, bogus, simulated, sham, phoney or phony (informal) Soldiers were still using dummy guns.
2. practice, trial, mock, simulated They do a dummy run with the brakes.

dummy

noun
A mentally dull person:
Translations
أَبْكَمتِمْثال لِعَرْض المَلابِسدُمْيَهمَصّاصَه
figurínaatrapadudlík
dummymannequindukkesutattrap
mallimallinukkesovitusnukketollotutti
lutka
próbababa
eftirlíkinggínasnuî
マネキン
모형
butaforijačiulptukasmanekenas
butaforijaknupītismanekens
atrapa
attrapp
หุ่นจำลอง
người nộm ma nơ canh

dummy

[ˈdʌmɪ]
A. ADJ (= not real) [gun] → de juguete; [ammunition] → de fogueo; [container] → vacío
B. N
1. (for clothes) → maniquí m
2. (for baby) → chupete m
3. (Comm) (= sham object) → envase m vacío
4. (Ftbl) → finta f
5. (Bridge) → muerto m
6. (= idiot) → tonto/a m/f
C. CPD dummy assault, dummy attack Nsimulacro m de ataque
dummy company Nempresa f fantasma
dummy number N (Press) → número m cero
dummy run N (Brit) → ensayo m, prueba f

dummy

[ˈdʌmi]
n
(= model) (in shop window)mannequin m; (used by ventriloquist)pantin m
(SPORT)feinte f
(British) (for baby)tétine f
(US) (= fool) → crétin(e) m/f
adj [bullet, weapon] → faux(fausse), facticedummy run nessai m

dummy

n
(= sham object)Attrappe f; (Comm) → Schaupackung f, → Attrappe f; (for clothes) → (Schaufenster- or Kleider)puppe f; (of book)Blindband m ? ventriloquist’s dummy, tailor’s dummy
(Brit: = baby’s teat) → Schnuller m
(Cards: = person) → Dummy m; (= cards)Tisch m
(inf: = fool) → Dummkopf m, → Idiot m (inf), → Doofie m (inf)
(Ftbl etc) → Finte f; to sell somebody a dummyjdn antäuschen
adj attr (= not real)unecht; it’s just a dummy grenadedas ist nur die Attrappe einer Granate; a dummy companyeine Scheinfirma; a dummy bomb/weaponeine Bomben-/Waffenattrappe; dummy pillsPlacebos pl

dummy

[ˈdʌmɪ]
1. n
a. (Comm) (imitation) → cosa finta, riproduzione f; (tailor's model) → manichino; (ventriloquist's dummy) → pupazzo (Sport) → finta; (Bridge) → morto
b. (Brit) (for baby) → tettarella, succhiotto
c. (fam) (idiot) → tonto/a
2. adj (not real) → finto/a, falso/a

dummy

(ˈdami) plural ˈdummies noun
1. an artificial substitute looking like the real thing. The packets of cigarettes on display were dummies.
2. a model of a human used for displaying clothes etc. a dressmaker's dummy.
3. an artificial teat put in a baby's mouth to comfort it.

dummy

أَبْكَم figurína dummy Schaufensterpuppe ομοίωμα maniquí sovitusnukke mannequin lutka manichino マネキン 모형 mannequin utstillingsfigur manekin boneco, manequim манекен attrapp หุ่นจำลอง vitrin mankeni người nộm ma nơ canh 人体模型
References in classic literature ?
He said he did not keep two suits of the same kind in stock, but manufactured a second when it was needed to reclothe the dummy.
So him and the new dummy started off; and the king he laughs, and blethers out:
Tom said it would take him days to get so he wouldn't forget he was a deef and dummy sometimes, and speak out before he thought.
A king nowadays is only a dummy put up to draw your fire off the real oppressors of society, and the fraction of his salary that he can spend as he likes is usually far too small for his risk, his trouble, and the condition of personal slavery to which he is reduced.
Even if he were not," said the curate, "I will go bail and answer for him that in this matter he will be as silent as a dummy, under pain of paying any penalty that may be pronounced.
Mills without a word flung himself on the divan and, propped on his arm, gazed thoughtfully at a distant corner where in the shadow of a monumental carved wardrobe an articulated dummy without head or hands but with beautifully shaped limbs composed in a shrinking attitude, seemed to be embarrassed by his stare.
The discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was there as a bridge for something passing through the hole and coming to the bed.
The duke, who had been walking slowly, stood quite still, and for some seconds he looked like a tailor's dummy standing and staring outside some antiquated shop.
And because his face was not pale, but had that waxen bloom still upon it that belongs to a barber's dummy.
The conventional farm-folk of his imagination--personified in the newspaper-press by the pitiable dummy known as Hodge--were obliterated after a few days' residence.
The first thing to be done is to make another packet like the real one so that if he should ask to see the real one while it's in my possession, you can show him the dummy.
Am I such a farcical bungler, Watson, that I should erect an obvious dummy, and expect that some of the sharpest men in Europe would be deceived by it.