[ lil-i-pyoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌlɪl ɪˈpyu ʃən /


extremely small; tiny; diminutive.
petty; trivial: Our worries are Lilliputian when compared with those of people whose nations are at war.


an inhabitant of Lilliput.
a very small person.
a person who is narrow or petty in outlook.

Origin of Lilliputian

First recorded in 1726; Lilliput + -ian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lilliputian

/ (ˌlɪlɪˈpjuːʃɪən) /


a tiny person or being


tiny; very small
petty or trivial

Word Origin for Lilliputian

C18: from Lilliput, an imaginary country of tiny inhabitants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)
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