Definition of midget in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmijit/


often offensive
An extremely or unusually small person.
small person, dwarf, homunculus, Lilliputian, halfling, gnome, pygmy
informal shrimp


Very small: a midget submarine
More example sentences
  • The midget submarine was to be released not more than 15 miles from its target from a parent submarine or surface craft, travel to its intended target and then place a timer charge on its target before slipping away undetected to safety.
  • Ship-watchers, mainly Norwegians, were also installed on the Norwegian coast, where German warships lay in wait for Arctic convoys, and reports from them enabled attacks to be launched against them by aircraft and midget submarines.
  • One of the many interesting sidebars includes computer-enhanced images of a classic battle photo that reveals the previously unnoticed presence of midget submarines just off Battleship Row.
diminutive, dwarfish, petite, very small, pygmy
informal pint-sized, peewee
miniature, pocket, dwarf, baby, mini


Mid 19th century: from midge + -et1.

  • This is first used of anything that is very small, and only for an unusually small person from the mid 19th century. It is a development of Old English midge, the small biting fly.

Words that rhyme with midget

Bridget, digit, fidget, widget

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Syllabification: mid·get

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