- 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.
- 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.
Origin of diminutive
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Examples from the Web for diminutive
Her style, much like her diminutive nickname, is best described as “Hamptons twee”—preppy and peppy.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
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Tyrion, now on the lam for patricide by crossbow, is destined for an unknown foreign port like a diminutive Edward Snowden.Valar Morghulis: Game of Thrones’ Women Are Going to Rule the World
June 17, 2014
Similar to the Space Shuttle in appearance, the diminutive X-37B is about a quarter the size of the old shuttles.Will The Pentagon’s Secret Space Plane Ever Return to Earth?
April 7, 2014
Edmund Morgan, 97 Diminutive, almost elfin in appearance, he bestrode his field like a colossus.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
The diminutive history teacher turned soldier once said he learned his trade in the bush.General Giap and the Myth of American Invincibility
James A. Warren
October 12, 2013
Columbetta is the diminutive of columba, a dove; so called from the color of the plant.
Orcellus is a diminutive meaning a small cask; from orca, a cask.
Cantharellus is a diminutive from a Greek word meaning a sort of drinking-cup.
Paludosella is a diminutive of palus, gen. paludis, a swamp or marsh.
It is the diminutive of pluteus, a shed or penthouse, from its conical cap.
- very small; tiny
- 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
- denoting a word formed by the addition of a diminutive affix
- grammar a diminutive word or affix
- a tiny person or thing
Word Origin and History for diminutive
late 14c. (noun and adjective), from Old French diminutif (14c.), from Latin diminutivus, earlier deminutivus, from past participle stem of deminuere (see diminish).