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  1. rather small.
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Origin of smallish

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at small, -ish1
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Related Words for smallish

diminutive, cramped, undersized, babyish, bantam, brief, dinky, elfin, embryonic, fleeting, hasty, immature, imperceptible, inappreciable, inconsiderable, infant, infinitesimal, insufficient, junior, light

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Contemporary Examples of smallish

Historical Examples of smallish

  • His feet were in rough muddy brogans, but even so they were smallish and shapely.


    George Washington Cable

  • Bob thought it was a smallish island with little bushes on it.

    Chasing the Sun

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • I saw a child, a little girl, smallish and thin; a priest was with her.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • Ahead of him was a smallish shed, perhaps at one time the office.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He is a smallish chap, good-looking, with hands and feet like a woman's.

    The Diva's Ruby

    F. Marion Crawford

Word Origin and History for smallish


late 14c., from small (adj.) + -ish.

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