- 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
Examples from the Web for lilliputian
How could he pick the Lilliputian city whose favorite place of worship is the Rocky statue at the foot of an art museum?Cliff Lee Signs With the Phillies: Get Over It, New York
December 15, 2010
Thus are they doomed to destruction, by a Lilliputian race of Vandals.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The woman is bound by a thousand Lilliputian threads from which there seems no escape.The Task of Social Hygiene
So, too, the stock grazing in the fields were of lilliputian dimensions.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
It was a deer; perfect and beautiful, but cast in a Lilliputian mould.The Blind Spot
Page 530, "thousand liliputian" was changed to read "thousand lilliputian."
- a tiny person or being
- tiny; very small
- petty or trivial
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.