- a person or object that is delicate, dainty, or diminutive.
- a printing type (about 3½ point).
- delicate, dainty, or mincing.
Origin of minikin
1535–45; < Middle Dutch minneken friend, lover, equivalent to minne love + -ken -kin
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Examples from the Web for minikin
"Felt sure somehow that he'd take a liking to you," answered Minikin.
"Well, I should let her wait," replied Minikin, replacing his eye.
"No one like you quiet fellows for going it when you do begin," commented Minikin.
I explained that I had already put Minikin in possession of all the facts.
It is a very small bag, containing a yet smaller rolled-up housewife furnished with minikin needles and fine thread.Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters
William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
- a small, dainty, or affected person or thing
- dainty, prim, or affected
C16: from Dutch minneken, diminutive of minne love
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