from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man who is short in stature.
  • noun A mannequin.
  • noun An anatomical model of the human body for use in teaching.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little man; a dwarf; a pygmy.
  • noun A model of the human body, used for showing the structure, form, and position of the various organs, limbs, muscles, etc., or adapted and used for practising bandaging or for performing certain obstetrical operations, as delivery with the forceps.
  • noun An artists' model of the human figure. See lay-figure and manequin.
  • noun A non-oscine passerine bird of the subfamily Piprinæ.
  • Like a manikin; artificial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A little man; a dwarf; a pygmy; a manakin.
  • noun A model of the human body, made of papier-mache or other material, commonly in detachable pieces, for exhibiting the different parts and organs, their relative position, etc.
  • noun A mannequin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of mannequin.
  • noun a short person
  • noun a life-size anatomical model used as a teaching aid

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a woman who wears clothes to display fashions
  • noun a person who is very small but who is not otherwise deformed or abnormal
  • noun a life-size dummy used to display clothes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Dutch mannekijn, from Middle Dutch, diminutive of man, man; see man- in Indo-European roots.]


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  • He walked like a manikin, living high and talking big.

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  • Joanna at the wonderful Morbid Anatomy blog posted this exquisite ivory anatomical manikin, circa 1500-1700.

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  • At times a manikin of light, at times in the shape of the mundane salamander that bore the same name, this was the eyes and ears of the mage who had conjured it.

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  • If your clothes say who you are, you're a manikin.

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  • A small man; a dwarf or pygmy.

    September 28, 2008