What does dummy mean?

Definitions for dummy
ˈdʌm idum·my

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word dummy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dummy, silent personnoun

    a person who does not talk

  2. dumbbell, dummy, dope, boob, booby, pinheadnoun

    an ignorant or foolish person

  3. dummynoun

    a figure representing the human form

  4. blank, dummy, blank shelladjective

    a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet

  5. dummyverb

    having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function

    "a dummy corporation"

  6. dummy, dummy upverb

    make a dummy of

    "dummy up the books that are to be published"


  1. dummynoun

    A silent person; a person who does not talk.

  2. dummynoun

    An unintelligent person.

    Don't be such a dummy!

  3. dummynoun

    A figure of a person or animal used by a ventriloquist; a puppet.

  4. dummynoun

    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. dummynoun

    A deliberately nonfunctional device or tool used in place of a functional one.

    The hammer and drill in the display are dummies.

  6. dummynoun

    A pacifier.

    The baby wants her dummy.

  7. dummynoun

    A player whose hand is shown and is to be played from by another player.

  8. dummynoun

    A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; a feint.

  9. dummynoun

    A word serving only to make a construction grammatical.

    The pronoun "it" in "It's a mystery why this happened" is a dummy.

  10. dummyverb

    To make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality.

    The carpenters dummied up a set of simple props for the rehearsals.

  11. dummyverb

    To feint

  12. dummynoun

    An unused parameter or value.

    If is false, the other parameters are dummies.


  1. dummy

    A dummy can refer to various things depending on the context. It can be: 1. An object designed to resemble and serve as a substitute for the real or original one, often used for display or experimental purposes. 2. In statistics, a dummy variable is one that takes the value 0 or 1 to indicate the absence or presence of some categorical effect. 3. In computing, a dummy is a placeholder or a piece of hardware designed merely to fulfill system requirements without offering any function. 4. In communication, it can mean a silent or non-responsive individual. 5. In child care usage, a dummy is a term used in some countries for what is known in the U.S. as a pacifier, an object given to a baby or small child to suck upon. 6. In printing, a dummy is a rough layout of a book or magazine. 7. In slang terminology, it may also refer to someone who lacks intelligence or common sense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dummyadjective

    silent; mute; noiseless; as a dummy engine

  2. Dummyadjective

    fictitious or sham; feigned; as, a dummy watch

  3. Dummynoun

    one who is dumb

  4. Dummynoun

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

  5. Dummynoun

    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

  6. Dummynoun

    one who plays a merely nominal part in any action; a sham character

  7. Dummynoun

    a thick-witted person; a dolt

  8. Dummynoun

    a locomotive with condensing engines, and, hence, without the noise of escaping steam; also, a dummy car

  9. Dummynoun

    the fourth or exposed hand when three persons play at a four-handed game of cards

  10. Dummynoun

    a floating barge connected with a pier

  11. Etymology: [See Dumb.]


  1. Dummy

    Dummy is the debut album of the Bristol-based group Portishead. Released in 22 August 1994 on Go! Discs, the album earned critical acclaim, winning the 1995 Mercury Music Prize. It is often credited with popularising the trip-hop genre and is frequently cited in lists of the best albums of the 1990s. Although it achieved modest chart success overseas, it peaked at No. 2 on the UK Album Chart and saw two of its three singles reach No. 13. The album was certified gold in 1997 and has sold two million copies in Europe. As of September 2011, the album was certified double-platinum in the United Kingdom and has sold as of September 2011 825,000 copies.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. dummy

    See decoy.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dummy

    A wood frame landing-place in front of a pier.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dummy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dummy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of dummy in a Sentence

  1. Lakshheish M Patel:

    General sentiment in the entire market across world is that Indian stock market days are OVER and soon all those involved as employees with any firms associated in any form with stock market will be unemployed as soon brokerage firms, AMCs and franchisees will be closed down their firms as prices falling every day by 5-10%. Investors are seeing 1 day rise dummy since 1 and half years. Huge unemployment all over in capital market

  2. Perry Brass:

    The Egyptians had a particularly nasty way of getting rid of people they felt had no consequence. Instead of embalming them, they simply constructed a fake mummy made from old strips of linen wrapped around a dummy of mud. If, in our modern world, you feel that there are a lot of “mud mummies” around you, get rid of the mud.

  3. The Australian:

    The Council considers that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point, but accepts the publisher's claim that it does not depict Ms. Williams as an ape, rather showing her as 'spitting the dummy'.

  4. Syd Richardson:

    A lot of times I do have dummy orange or bright pink guns, rehearsal guns, no mistake on that.

  5. Gutierrez Reed attorneys:

    We don’t know, however, whether that live round came from that box, we’re assuming it did. We’re assuming somebody put that live round in that box, which, if you think about that, the person who put the live round in the box of dummy rounds had to have the purpose of sabotaging the set. There’s no other reason you would do that. That you would mix that live round with the dummy rounds.

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  • دميةArabic
  • тъпак, залъгалка, мор, манекен, бутафорияBulgarian
  • atrapa, dudlík, figurína, hlupák, panákCzech
  • Attrappe, Beruhigungssauger, SchnullerGerman
  • πιπίλαGreek
  • chupete, muerto, maniquíSpanish
  • mannekeenEstonian
  • ساختگیPersian
  • mallinukke, tutti, malli, tolloFinnish
  • tototte, tétine, sucette, idiote, imbécile, mannequin, idiot, muet, suceFrench
  • breugagScottish Gaelic
  • cumiHungarian
  • sagoma, simulacro, succhiotto, ciucciotto, taciturno, ciuccio, stupido, morto, manichino, fantoccio, itItalian
  • おしゃぶりJapanese
  • кукла, глупачка, глупак, макета, цуцлаMacedonian
  • dummy, blindemannNorwegian
  • fopspeen, speenDutch
  • manekin, głupek, kukła, dziadek, atrapa, smoczekPolish
  • chupetaPortuguese
  • тупица, пустышка, манеке́н, бестолочь, дурак, чайник, дурень, глупец, соска, болван, дураRussian
  • tupavac, glupan, cucla, mutavac, blentavac, maneken, duda varalica, blento, atrapa, tupan, blesan, budala, mučaljivacSerbo-Croatian

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