Origin of midget
Related Words for midgetdiminutive, gnome, pygmy, baby, pocket, Lilliputian, miniature, knee-high, bantam, runt, manikin, midge, homunculus, teeny, tiny, teensy, minikin
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Contemporary Examples of midget
There, Belfort and his cronies are tossing a “midget” into a target in the center of the office.The 21 Craziest Moments in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: Cocaine-Fueled Orgies and More
December 17, 2013
He had worked at the Chicago Rose Fair on the midget orchestra.Meet Ruth Duccini, a Munchkin From ‘The Wizard of Oz’
March 8, 2013
Where else would you find a midget on stilts peering into the shadowy corners of a storage locker with night vision equipment?The Sleaziest Reality Show Yet?
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Historical Examples of midget
After this you can leave that midget of yours in her care, Katherine.Peggy Stewart at School
Gabrielle E. Jackson
The first cast of my midget flies across the pool brought no answer.Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
He cautioned all of us not to talk about your being smaller than common, being a midget.
"Why my outfit is still in the supply house in Omaha," countered the midget.
A midget is usually suave in manners and not easily embarrassed in public.
- something small of its kind
- (as modifier)a midget car
Word Origin for midget
as a type of tiny biting insect, 1839, American English, from midge, perhaps with diminutive suffix -et.
Dr. Webster is in error in saying the word "midge" is "not in use" at the present day. In the neighboring Green mountain districts, one or more most annoying species of Simulium that there abound, are daily designated in common conversation as the midges, or, as the name is often corrupted, the midgets. From Dr. Harris' treatise it appears that the same name is in popular use for the same insects in Maine. The term is limited in this country, we believe, exclusively to those minute insects, smaller than the musketoe, which suck the blood of other animals. ["Transactions of the New-York State Agricultural Society," vol. VI, Albany, 1847]
Transferred sense of "very small person" is attested by 1854. It is also noted mid-19c. as a pet form of Margaret.