Origin of midget
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had worked at the Chicago Rose Fair on the midget orchestra.Meet Ruth Duccini, a Munchkin From ‘The Wizard of Oz’|Ramin Setoodeh|March 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Where else would you find a midget on stilts peering into the shadowy corners of a storage locker with night vision equipment?
"We'll see what it is before we decide," said Midget, judicially.Marjorie at Seacote|Carolyn Wells
I pictured a tiny sawhorse, and a midget who labored with might and main to cut through a never-ending stint of twigs.Edge of the Jungle|William Beebe
A midget auto came skidding down the pirate ship's ramp, its driver standing on the accelerator.This One Problem|M. C. Pease
"Only give us something to shoot at and we will show you," piped the Midget.A Voyage with Captain Dynamite|Charles Edward Rich
"Well, that solves the problem," said the midget, gleefully.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
- 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.