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  1. like a dwarf, especially in being abnormally small; diminutive.
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Origin of dwarfish

First recorded in 1555–65; dwarf + -ish1
Related formsdwarf·ish·ly, adverbdwarf·ish·ness, noun


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Historical Examples

  • It was a primrose—a dwarfish thing, but perfect in shape—a baby-wonder.

    At the Back of the North Wind

    George MacDonald

  • At the door they found the dwarfish Grasshopper with Black Bess.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • The vegetation, as might be supposed, is scant, or at least dwarfish.

    The Short-story

    William Patterson Atkinson

  • The oak is left behind, and the pine grows stunted and dwarfish.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • A fine, dwarfish, curled variety, long cultivated in England.

Word Origin and History for dwarfish


1560s, from dwarf (n.) + -ish. Related: Dwarfishly; dwarfishness.

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