mini

[ min-ee ]
/ ˈmɪn i /

noun

a minicomputer.
anything of a small, reduced, or miniature size.

adjective

of the length of a miniskirt.

Nearby words

  1. mingy,
  2. minhag,
  3. minhah,
  4. minho,
  5. minhow,
  6. mini-,
  7. mini-me,
  8. mini-series,
  9. mini-state,
  10. mini-vac

Origin of mini

independent use of mini-, or by shortening of words with mini- as initial element

mini-

a combining form with the meanings “of a small or reduced size in comparison with others of its kind” (minicalculator; minicar; minigun); “limited in scope, intensity, or duration” (miniboom; minicourse; minirecession); (of clothing) “short, not reaching the knee” (minidress; miniskirt).

Origin of mini-

by shortening of miniature, minimal, or minimum

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British Dictionary definitions for mini

mini

/ (ˈmɪnɪ) /

adjective

(of a woman's dress, skirt, etc) very short; thigh-length
(prenominal) small; miniature

noun plural minis

something very small of its kind, esp a small car or a miniskirt

mini-

combining form

smaller or shorter than the standard sizeminibus; miniskirt

Word Origin for mini-

C20: from miniature and minimum

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Word Origin and History for mini
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Medicine definitions for mini

mini-

pref.

Small; miniature:minilaparotomy.

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