mannikin [man-i-kin] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- any of several estrildine finches of the genus Lonchura, of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands, often kept as cage birds.
Origin of mannikin variant ofmanikin or man·ni·kin [man-i-kin] noun
- a little man; dwarf; pygmy.
- a model of the human body for teaching anatomy, demonstrating surgical operations, etc.
Origin of manikin 1560–70; Dutch manneken, equivalent to man+ -ken . See Can be confusedmanikin Examples from the Web for mannikin Historical Examples of mannikin
I’m not quite the tailor’s mannikin that I was in the old days at the ‘Varsity.
She ought to be a mannikin when she grows up, and try on coats and mantles in shops.
The story of the mannikin who is clever at spinning or weaving is widespread.
At which one can only stare, as at a mannikin attacking a colossus.
George W. Foote
“Mannikin or not, that will I never do,” shouted Asa Thor after the giant.
British Dictionary definitions for mannikin mannikin noun
- a variant spelling of
manikin mannikin formerly manakin noun
- a little man; dwarf or child
- an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction
- Also called: phantoman anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics
- variant spellings of
Word Origin for manikin C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man Word Origin and History for mannikin manikin n.
1560s, “jointed figure used by artists,” from Dutch manneken, literally “little man,” diminutive of Middle Dutch man (see(n.)). Sense and spelling often blended with .