lay figure


  1. a jointed model of the human body, usually of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model.
  2. a similar figure used in shops to display costumes.
  3. a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity.


  1. an artist’s jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp for studying effects of drapery
  2. a person considered to be subservient or unimportant

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