(not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.
any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.


very small or of a class below the usual size.
being a miniature replica or model.

Origin of midget

First recorded in 1850–55; midge + -et
Related formsmidg·et·ism, noun

Synonym study

1. See dwarf.
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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.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • "Why my outfit is still in the supply house in Omaha," countered the midget.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • A midget is usually suave in manners and not easily embarrassed in public.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

British Dictionary definitions for midget



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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Word Origin and History 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.

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midget in Medicine




A person of extremely small stature who is otherwise normally proportioned. Now considered offensive.
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