[ mij-it ]
/ ˈmɪdʒ ɪt /


(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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British Dictionary definitions for midget


/ (ˈmɪdʒɪt) /


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


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Medicine definitions for midget


[ mĭjĭt ]


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