- 1Extremely or unusually small: a diminutive figure dressed in blackMore example sentences
tiny, small, little, petite, minute, miniature, mini, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, small-scale, compact, pocket, toy, midget, undersized, short, stubby, elfin, dwarfish, dwarf, pygmy, bantam, homuncular, Lilliputian; Scottish wee• informal teeny, weeny, teeny-weeny, teensy-weensy, itty-bitty, itsy-bitsy, tiddly, dinky, baby, pint-sized, half-pint, sawn-off, knee-high to a grasshopperBritish • informal titchy, ickleNorth American • informal little-bitty, vest-pocket
- But while she is no softie and revels in a little rough-and-tumble now and again, her diminutive figure belies the true extent of her football potential.
- His figure looked sadly diminutive in a gray T-shirt and faded blue jeans.
- Sarah is a diminutive figure on stage, but when she sings her heavenly voice instantly makes her the centre of attention.
- 1.1(Of a word, name, or suffix) implying smallness, either actual or imputed to convey affection, scorn, etc. (e.g. teeny, -let, -kins).More example sentences
- Ke is a diminutive suffix, conveying the sense of little in reference to the size of the dog.
- Its features include simplified grammar, exaggerated speech melody, diminutive forms of words such as doggie, and a highly repetitive style.
- But do not be put off by their diminutive name or even by some of the many examples that have absolutely no interest to you.
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- 1A smaller or shorter thing, in particular:More example sentences
- It is the role of giant ruffians like me to fall before doughty diminutives like him, and each of us must play our part in that ancient story.
- His collection of approximately one hundred and twenty-five antique, renaissance and eighteenth century decorative gems is a perfect example of his delight in the diminutive.
- Our culture strangely gives value to the large and is dismissive of the diminutive.
- 1.1A diminutive word or suffix.More example sentences
- The word is a diminutive of inland navigator, referring to the men who built the canals that preceded the railways.
- The name ‘baba’ is the colloquial Ukrainian word for woman or grandma, while ‘babka’ is a diminutive of the same word.
- It is hardly surprising therefore that the Arabic word for ‘garden’ should be the diminutive of the word for ‘Paradise’.
- 1.2A shortened form of a name, typically used informally: ‘Nick’ is a diminutive of ‘Nicholas’More example sentences
- In 1928 he proclaimed himself King of Albania, taking the name Zog, a diminutive of his family's surname.
- Children sometimes are called by diminutives of their names.
- The rabbis rounded his name, added the diminutive.
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- The diminutively handsome valley boy is definitely the band's strength - writing all the lyrics and music, except for the collaboration with his producer - but is he their weakest link too?
- She is clearly out of her depth when it comes to African history - she mistakenly equates the Wolof language with Mande and refers to the local scene diminutively as ‘folk culture.’
- Two powerful beings constantly bashing their physical selves against the wall; before long, a large crack could be seen and faint glow of light peeked in diminutively.
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- It's perhaps her suppleness and quick movements which give the impression of diminutiveness and which allow her to walk as though she's on little springs.
- Near the base of one of the angled panels is a tiny forest-green rectangle, like a door, and its diminutiveness makes the whole structure feel gigantic.
- Indeed, the diminutiveness of the standard error worsens, the larger the t that is required.
late Middle English (as a grammatical term): from Old French diminutif, -ive, from late Latin diminutivus, from Latin deminut- 'diminished', from the verb deminuere (see diminish).