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Tom Thumb

noun
1.
a diminutive hero of folk tales.
2.
an extremely small person; dwarf.
3.
General, nickname of Charles Sherwood Stratton.
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  • But all this time Tom Thumb had been awake, and he had overheard all the conversation.

    Favorite Fairy Tales Logan Marshall
  • King Chrononhotonthologos was to be led in chains by Tom Thumb.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • He was at home at the time the Tom Thumb combination was at Washington.

    Behind the Scenes Elizabeth Keckley
  • Very soon after, a cow eat up the thistle and swallowed Tom Thumb.

  • It is only recently that a Tuscan version of "Tom Thumb" has been found.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane
  • Tom Thumb had found a fish, and we were each busy for a while.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
  • When it was cut open, everybody was delighted with little Tom Thumb.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • He is like a little Tom Thumb, for he can only grow just so high.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • The first teacher John had looked like the ogre in the story of Tom Thumb.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

noun
1.
General, stage name of Charles Stratton. 1838–83, US midget, exhibited in P. T. Barnum's circus
2.
a dwarf; midget
Word Origin
after Tom Thumb, the tiny hero of several English folk tales
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Tom Thumb in Culture

Tom Thumb definition


A thumb-sized hero of children's stories from the sixteenth century on.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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