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[smaw-lish] /ˈsmɔ lɪʃ/
rather small.
Origin of smallish
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at small, -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His feet were in rough muddy brogans, but even so they were smallish and shapely.


    George Washington Cable
  • Bob thought it was a smallish island with little bushes on it.

    Chasing the Sun R.M. Ballantyne
  • I saw a child, a little girl, smallish and thin; a priest was with her.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • Ahead of him was a smallish shed, perhaps at one time the office.

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    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He is a smallish chap, good-looking, with hands and feet like a woman's.

    The Diva's Ruby F. Marion Crawford
Word Origin and History for smallish

late 14c., from small (adj.) + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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