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[lil-i-pyoo-shuh n] /ˌlɪl ɪˈpyu ʃən/
extremely small; tiny; diminutive.
petty; trivial:
Our worries are Lilliputian when compared with those of people whose nations are at war.
an inhabitant of Lilliput.
a very small person.
a person who is narrow or petty in outlook.
Origin of Lilliputian
First recorded in 1726; Lilliput + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Men were at work everywhere, Lilliputian against the bulk of the hull they were contriving.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Thus are they doomed to destruction, by a Lilliputian race of Vandals.

  • To this were attached two or three Lilliputian paddocks, scarcely exceeding an English acre altogether.

  • So, too, the stock grazing in the fields were of Lilliputian dimensions.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • A company of little ones, therefore, looked like an assemblage of Lilliputian merveilleuses and incroyables.

    The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
  • It was a deer; perfect and beautiful, but cast in a Lilliputian mould.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • Page 530, "thousand liliputian" was changed to read "thousand Lilliputian."

  • The government of a family, bears a Lilliputian resemblance to the government of a nation.

    The Virginia Housewife Mary Randolph
  • Kemp, sailing down the aisle, like a Lilliputian drum major, tripped over Randy's foot.

    The Trumpeter Swan Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for Lilliputian


a tiny person or being
tiny; very small
petty or trivial
Word Origin
C18: from Lilliput, an imaginary country of tiny inhabitants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lilliputian

"diminutive, tiny," literally "pertaining to Lilliput," the fabulous island whose inhabitants were six inches high, a name coined by Jonathan Swift in "Gulliver's Travels" (1726). Swift left no explanation of the origin of the word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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