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midget

[ mij-it ]
/ ˈmɪdʒ ɪt /
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noun
Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive. an abnormally small person having normal physical proportions.
any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.
adjective
very small or of a class below the usual size.
being a miniature replica or model.
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Origin of midget

First recorded in 1850–55; midge + -et

usage note for midget

1. A dwarf is someone with a medical condition that results in stunted growth (58 inches or shorter in height), with a physical form that is disproportionate or not normally developed in some way. The word midget is not a synonym; it is disparaging and offensive and should be avoided. It was formerly used for someone of proportionate form but abnormally small physical stature. The terms dwarf and little person are now preferable in reference to these short-statured people.

OTHER WORDS FROM midget

midg·et·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for midget

midget
/ (ˈmɪdʒɪt) /

noun
a dwarf whose skeleton and features are of normal proportions
  1. something small of its kind
  2. (as modifier)a midget car
Canadian an age level of 16 to 17 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey

Word Origin for midget

C19: from midge + -et
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