"dummy" Definition

Definitions for the word "dummy" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
(pl. -ies) 1 model of a human figure, esp. As used to display clothes or by a ventriloquist or as a target. 2 (often attrib.) Imitation object used to replace a real or normal one. 3 baby''s rubber or plastic teat. 4 colloq. Stupid person. 5 figurehead. 6 imaginary player in bridge etc., whose cards are exposed and played by a partner. attrib. Adj.
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
a deaf-and-dumb person; a clumsy, awkward fellow; any one unusually thick-witted.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
3. slang
in three-handed whist the person who holds two hands plays DUMMY.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864
4. slang
a pocket-book. In this word the derivation is obvious, being connected with DUMB, _i.e._, that which makes no sound. As a thieves’ term for a pocket-book, it is peculiarly applicable, for the contents of pocket-books, bank-notes and papers, make no noise, while the money in a purse may betray its presence by chinking.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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