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minikin

[ min-i-kin ]
/ ˈmɪn ɪ kɪn /
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noun

a person or object that is delicate, dainty, or diminutive.
a printing type (about 3½ point).

adjective

delicate, dainty, or mincing.

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Origin of minikin

1535–45; <Middle Dutch minneken friend, lover, equivalent to minne love + -ken-kin
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British Dictionary definitions for minikin

minikin
/ (ˈmɪnɪkɪn) obsolete /

noun

a small, dainty, or affected person or thing

adjective

dainty, prim, or affected
C16: from Dutch minneken, diminutive of minne love
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