Definition of diminutive in English:

diminutive

Syllabification: di·min·u·tive
Pronunciation: /dəˈminyədiv
 
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adjective

1Extremely or unusually small: a diminutive figure dressed in black
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a word, name, or suffix) implying smallness, either actual or imputed in token of affection, scorn, etc., (e.g., teeny, -let, -kins).
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  • 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.

noun

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1A smaller or shorter thing, in particular.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.”
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  • 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.
1.3 Heraldry A charge of the same form as an ordinary but of lesser size or width.

Origin

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).

Derivatives

diminutively

adverb
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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.

diminutiveness

noun
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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.

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