- a small person, especially one who is dwarfish or elfin in appearance.
- Informal. a child: The munchkins enjoyed holding and feeding the animals in the petting zoo.
Origin of munchkin
Examples from the Web for munchkin
She was only 20 when she filmed her role as a member of Munchkin Village.Meet Ruth Duccini, a Munchkin From ‘The Wizard of Oz’
March 8, 2013
Then he turned to Dorothy and added: "What will become of the Munchkin boy?"
Button-Bright was not quite as big as the Munchkin boy, but he wore the same kind of clothes, only they were of different colors.The Lost Princess of Oz
L. Frank Baum
"I think I see a boat yonder on the shore," said Ojo the Munchkin boy, pointing to a place around the edge 198 of the lake.Glinda of Oz
L. Frank Baum
They live high up on the mountain, and the good Munchkin Country, where the fruits and flowers grow, is just the other side.
Because I eat up all the honey-bees which the Munchkin farmers who live around here keep to make them honey.
- informal, mainly US an undersized person or a child, esp an appealing one
- a breed of medium-sized cat with short legs
Word Origin and History for munchkin
1900, coined by U.S. author L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." He never explained how he got the word. The word most like it is perhaps mutchkin, an old Scottish measure of capacity for liquids, which was used by Scott. (It comes from Middle Dutch mutseken, originally "a little cap," from mutse "cap," earlier almutse "amice, hood, headdress," from Latin amictus "mantle, cloak," noun use of past participle of amicire "to wrap, throw around," a compound from ambi- (see ambi-) + iacere (see jet (v.)).