dummy
I. noun (plural dummies) Etymology: 1dumb + 4-y Date: 1598 1. a. a person who is incapable of speaking b. a person who is habitually silent c. a stupid person 2. a. the exposed hand in bridge played by the declarer in addition to his own hand b. a bridge player whose hand is a dummy 3. an imitation, copy, or likeness of something used as a substitute: as a. mannequin b. a stuffed figure or cylindrical bag used by football players for tackling and blocking practice c. a large puppet usually having movable features (as mouth and arms) manipulated by a ventriloquist d. chiefly British pacifier 2 4. one seeming to act independently but in reality controlled by another 5. a. a mock-up of a proposed publication (as a book or magazine) b. a set of pages (as for a newspaper or magazine) with the position of text and artwork indicated for the printer II. adjective Date: 1846 1. a. having the appearance of being real ; artificial <
dummy foods in the display case
>
b. existing in name only ; fictitious <
dummy corporations
>
2. apparently acting for oneself while really acting for or at the direction of another <
a dummy director
>
III. transitive verb (dummied; dummying) Date: circa 1928 to make a dummy of (as a publication) — often used with up <
dummied up the front page
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, / / (when only three persons play at whist)


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