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minikin

[min-i-kin]
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noun
  1. a person or object that is delicate, dainty, or diminutive.
  2. a printing type (about 3½ point).
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adjective
  1. delicate, dainty, or mincing.
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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

Historical Examples

  • "Felt sure somehow that he'd take a liking to you," answered Minikin.

    Paul Kelver

    Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome

  • "Well, I should let her wait," replied Minikin, replacing his eye.

    Paul Kelver

    Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome

  • "No one like you quiet fellows for going it when you do begin," commented Minikin.

    Paul Kelver

    Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome

  • I explained that I had already put Minikin in possession of all the facts.

    Paul Kelver

    Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for minikin

minikin

noun
  1. a small, dainty, or affected person or thing
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adjective
  1. dainty, prim, or affected
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Word Origin

C16: from Dutch minneken, diminutive of minne love
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