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diminutive

[ dih-min-yuh-tiv ]
/ dɪˈmɪn yə tɪv /
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adjective

small; little; tiny: a diminutive building for a model-train layout.
Grammar. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting smallness, familiarity, affection, or triviality, as the suffix -let, in droplet from drop.

noun

a small thing or person.
Grammar. a diminutive element or formation.
Heraldry. a charge, as an ordinary, smaller in length or breadth than the usual.

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Origin of diminutive

First recorded before 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin dīminūtīvus, equivalent to Latin dīminūt(us) “lessened” (for dēminūtus ) + -īvus adjective suffix; see diminution,-ive

synonym study for diminutive

1. See little.

OTHER WORDS FROM diminutive

di·min·u·tive·ly, adverbdi·min·u·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for diminutive

diminutive
/ (dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv) /

adjective

very small; tiny
grammar
  1. denoting an affix added to a word to convey the meaning small or unimportant or to express affection, as for example the suffix -ette in French
  2. denoting a word formed by the addition of a diminutive affix

noun

grammar a diminutive word or affix
a tiny person or thing
Compare (for senses 2, 3): augmentative

Derived forms of diminutive

diminutival (dɪˌmɪnjʊˈtaɪvəl), adjectivediminutively, adverbdiminutiveness, noun
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