Definition of manikin in US English:


(also mannikin)


  • 1A person who is very small, especially one not otherwise abnormal or deformed.

    • ‘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.’
    person of restricted growth
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  • 2A jointed model of the human body, used in anatomy or as an artist's lay figure.

    • ‘This consists of an introductory seminar including demonstration of pelvic examination on a manikin and an opportunity for students to practise this under supervision.’
    • ‘Students were informed beforehand about the study, and technical skills were taught on manikins.’
    • ‘She wasn't blinking and it made her look like a manikin.’
    • ‘Then I spotted something on one of the manikins.’
    • ‘In addition, actors were used by 15 schools, volunteers by 14, manikins by all 19, videos by 11, and simulators by four.’
    • ‘Regular short periods of practice on a manikin are therefore essential.’
    • ‘Basic life support training was defined as training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a manikin.’
    mannequin, lifelike model, figure, lay figure
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Mid 16th century: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man ‘man’.