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Definition of "dummy" []

  • An imitation of a real or original object, intended to be used as a practical substitute. (noun)
  • A mannequin used in displaying clothes. (noun)
  • A figure of a person or an animal manipulated by a ventriloquist. (noun)
  • A stuffed or pasteboard figure used as a target. (noun)
  • Football A heavy stuffed cylindrical bag used for blocking and tackling practice. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dummy" in a sentence
  • "To be shed of such a dummy is a GOOD thing for Alaskans."
  • "Sen. Levin decried what he called "dummy assets" in the CDO, which help boost the rating and then were replaced at the last minute with lower quality assets, and called emails exchanged among S&P analysts, discussing Delphinus, "just devastating as to the kind of culture that was going on here.""
  • "I have not been convinced by what the Air Force claimed and, of course, what I call the dummy drop theory of Roswell doesn't satisfy anyone, even the skeptics tended to laugh at that."