dummy etymology

English word dummy comes from English -y, English dumb

Detailed word origin of dummy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-y English (eng) Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.. Used in the name of some locations which end in -ia in Latin. Forming diminutive nouns. Also used for familiar and pet names as a term of endearment. Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning “having the quality of”.. Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
dumb English (eng) (dated) To silence.. (transitive) To make stupid.. (transitive) To reduce the intellectual demands of.. (transitive) To represent as stupid. (dated) Silent; unaccompanied by words.. (dated) Unable to speak; lacking power of speech (kept in "deaf, dumb, and blind").. (figuratively) Pointless, foolish, lacking intellectual content or value.. (informal, pejorative, especially of a person) [...]
dummy English (eng) To feint. To make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality. (AU, UK, NZ) A "dummy teat"; a plastic or rubber teat used to soothe or comfort a baby; a pacifier. [from 20th c.]. (UK) A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; a feint.. (card games, chiefly, bridge) A player whose hand is shown and is to be played from by [...]

Words with the same origin as dummy

Descendants of -y
andy apply bags bunny creepy funny handy healthy heavy kitty mommy pretty pussy risky rocky rusty scary sexy shitty skinny sonny tiny tony woody