[lil-i-pyoo-shuh n]
  1. extremely small; tiny; diminutive.
  2. petty; trivial: Our worries are Lilliputian when compared with those of people whose nations are at war.
  1. an inhabitant of Lilliput.
  2. a very small person.
  3. 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. 2018

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  1. a tiny person or being
  1. tiny; very small
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for lilliputian



"diminutive, tiny," literally "pertaining to Lilliput," the fabulous island whose inhabitants were six inches high, a name coined by Jonathan Swift in "Gulliver's Travels" (1726). Swift left no explanation of the origin of the word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper