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Diminutive

Diminutive Meaning & Definition
Diminutive Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Diminutive?

[n] a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
[adj] very small; "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Diminutive: bantam | lilliputian | little | midget | petite | small | tiny

Related Terms | Find terms related to Diminutive: affectionate name | baby | baby-sized | bantam | banty | button | byname | chit | cognomen | cognominal | compact | duodecimo | elfin | epithetic | featherweight | fingerling | formal | handy | honorific | hypocoristic | in name only | infinitesimal | lightweight | Lilliputian | little | micro | microscopic | midget | mini | miniature | miniaturized | minikin | minimal | minnow | minny | minuscule | minute | mouse | nickname | nominal | nominative | nubbin | peewee | pet name | petite | pocket | pocket-sized | pony | pygmy | quasi | runt | self-called | self-christened | self-styled | shrimp | slip | small | small fry | small-scale | snip | snippet | sobriquet | so-called | soi-disant | subminiature | teensy-weensy | teeny | teeny-weeny | tiny | tit | titular | toy | twelvemo | undersized | vest-pocket | wart | wee | weeny | wisp | would-be

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Diminutive In Webster's Dictionary

\Di*min"u*tive\, a. [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.] 1. Below the average size; very small; little. 2. Expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word. 3. Tending to diminish. [R.] Diminutive of liberty. --Shaftesbury.
\Di*min"u*tive\, n. 1. Something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing. Such water flies, diminutives of nature. --Shak. 2. (Gram.) A derivative from a noun, denoting a small or a young object of the same kind with that denoted by the primitive; as, gosling, eaglet, lambkin. Babyisms and dear diminutives. --Tennyson. Note: The word sometimes denotes a derivative verb which expresses a diminutive or petty form of the action, as scribble.

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