Origin of diminutive
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|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Scott Bixby|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Kyle Mizokami|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Edmund Morgan, 97 Diminutive, almost elfin in appearance, he bestrode his field like a colossus.
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|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Harding acknowledged the diminutive incumbency of St. Cuthbert's.Barchester Towers|Anthony Trollope
Instantly with the diminutive horse swift anger took the place of surprise.Ben Blair|Will Lillibridge
But the diminutive dimensions of the apartment struck her at once, and she mentally decided that it must be the "libry."Family Pride|Mary J. Holmes
Beside him, a diminutive figure of a nude boy holding a strigil.
Two other diminutive deer, known as pudus, closely allied to the brockets, are found in South America.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
British Dictionary definitions for diminutive
- 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
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).