Have you ever seen an entertainer make a doll look like it’s talking? The entertainer is using a dummy — a doll made to look like a person.

A dummy is a type of doll that looks like a person. Entertainers called ventriloquists can make dummies appear to talk. The automobile industry uses dummies in cars to study how safe cars are during a crash. A dummy can also be anything that looks real but doesn’t work: a fake. Actors in a play might use certain props that are dummies, such as a dummy laptop. Dummy is also an insult used to mean “an ignorant person.”

Definitions of dummy
  1. noun
    a figure representing the human form
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    lay figure
    dummy in the form of an artist's jointed model of the human body
    form, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin
    a life-size dummy used to display clothes
    ventriloquist's dummy
    a wooden dummy into which a ventriloquist projects the voice
    type of:
    a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
  2. noun
    an ignorant or foolish person
    synonyms: boob, booby, dope, dumbbell, pinhead
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    type of:
    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
  3. noun
    a person who does not talk
    synonyms: silent person
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    type of:
    deaf-and-dumb person, deaf-mute, mute
    a deaf person who is unable to speak
  4. noun
    a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet
    synonyms: blank, blank shell
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    type of:
    ammunition consisting of a cylindrical casing containing an explosive charge and a bullet; fired from a rifle or handgun
  5. adjective
    having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function
    “a dummy corporation”
    artificial, unreal
    contrived by art rather than nature
  6. verb
    make a dummy of
    dummy up the books that are to be published”
    synonyms: dummy up
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
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