One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who is very small, especially one not otherwise abnormal or deformed.
person of restricted growthView synonyms
- ‘There, pirouetting between my knees, is a tiny manikin.’’
- ‘He…is much less small than I had been led to believe; he is not at all a manikin, but a well-proportioned human being.’
2A jointed model of the human body, used in anatomy or as an artist's lay figure.
mannequin, lifelike model, figure, lay figureView synonyms
- ‘In addition, actors were used by 15 schools, volunteers by 14, manikins by all 19, videos by 11, and simulators by four.’
- ‘Students were informed beforehand about the study, and technical skills were taught on manikins.’
- ‘Then I spotted something on one of the manikins.’
- ‘She wasn't blinking and it made her look like a manikin.’
- ‘Basic life support training was defined as training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a manikin.’
- ‘This consists of an introductory seminar including demonstration of pelvic examination on a manikin and an opportunity for students to practise this under supervision.’
- ‘Regular short periods of practice on a manikin are therefore essential.’
Mid 16th century: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man ‘man’.
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