- (not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.
- any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.
- very small or of a class below the usual size.
- being a miniature replica or model.
Origin of midget
Examples from the Web for midget
There, Belfort and his cronies are tossing a “midget” into a target in the center of the office.The 21 Craziest Moments in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: Cocaine-Fueled Orgies and More
December 17, 2013
He had worked at the Chicago Rose Fair on the midget orchestra.Meet Ruth Duccini, a Munchkin From ‘The Wizard of Oz’
March 8, 2013
Where else would you find a midget on stilts peering into the shadowy corners of a storage locker with night vision equipment?The Sleaziest Reality Show Yet?
December 2, 2010
After this you can leave that midget of yours in her care, Katherine.Peggy Stewart at School
Gabrielle E. Jackson
The first cast of my midget flies across the pool brought no answer.Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
He cautioned all of us not to talk about your being smaller than common, being a midget.
"Why my outfit is still in the supply house in Omaha," countered the midget.
A midget is usually suave in manners and not easily embarrassed in public.
- a dwarf whose skeleton and features are of normal proportions
- something small of its kind
- (as modifier)a midget car
- Canadian an age level of 16 to 17 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
Word Origin and History for midget
as a type of tiny biting insect, 1839, American English, from midge, perhaps with diminutive suffix -et.
Dr. Webster is in error in saying the word "midge" is "not in use" at the present day. In the neighboring Green mountain districts, one or more most annoying species of Simulium that there abound, are daily designated in common conversation as the midges, or, as the name is often corrupted, the midgets. From Dr. Harris' treatise it appears that the same name is in popular use for the same insects in Maine. The term is limited in this country, we believe, exclusively to those minute insects, smaller than the musketoe, which suck the blood of other animals. ["Transactions of the New-York State Agricultural Society," vol. VI, Albany, 1847]
Transferred sense of "very small person" is attested by 1854. It is also noted mid-19c. as a pet form of Margaret.
- A person of extremely small stature who is otherwise normally proportioned. Now considered offensive.