Does `xdotool key –delay` pause for specified delay between typing every two consecutive keys?

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manpage of xdotool says

— delay milliseconds Delay between keystrokes. Default is 12ms.

I thought that key string will type each character in the string once, and –delay is for pause between typing two consecutive characters. So why do the following first two commands not show typing anything, while the third types twice, and the last types many times? Thanks.

$ xdotool key 9
$ xdotool key –delay 2 9
$ xdotool key –delay 1000 9
99$ xdotool key –delay 10000 9
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999^C

I am using Lubuntu 18.04 and

$ xdotool -v
xdotool version 3.20160805.1

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