munchkin

[ muhnch-kin ]
/ ˈmʌntʃ kɪn /

noun (often initial capital letter)

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.

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Origin of munchkin

after the Munchkins, a dwarflike race portrayed in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and other fantasy novels
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British Dictionary definitions for munchkin

munchkin
/ (ˈmʌntʃkɪn) /

noun

informal, mainly US an undersized person or a child, esp an appealing one
a breed of medium-sized cat with short legs

Word Origin for munchkin

C20: from the Munchkins, a dwarfish race of people in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
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