- a diminutive hero of folk tales.
- an extremely small person; dwarf.
- General, nickname of Charles Sherwood Stratton.
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- General, stage name of Charles Stratton. 1838–83, US midget, exhibited in P. T. Barnum's circus
- a dwarf; midget
after Tom Thumb, the tiny hero of several English folk tales
A thumb-sized hero of children's stories from the sixteenth century on.
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