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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dwarf*dwɔrf(n.; adj.; v.)(pl.)dwarfs, dwarves

  1. (n.)a person of abnormally small stature owing to a pathological condition, esp. a condition that produces short limbs or anatomical deformation.

    Category: Pathology

  2. an animal or plant much smaller than the average of its kind or species.

    Category: Botany, Zoology

  3. a diminutive being of folklore, often represented as a tiny old man, skilled as an artificer and having magical powers.

    Category: Mythology

  4. Category: Astronomy

    Ref: dwarf star.

  5. (adj.)of unusually small stature or size; diminutive.

  6. (v.t.)to cause to seem small in size, character, etc., as by being much larger.

  7. to prevent the due development of; stunt.

  8. (v.i.)to become stunted or smaller.

* Syn: dwarf , midget , pygmy are terms for a very small person. A dwarf is someone checked in growth or stunted, or in some way not normally formed. A midget (not in technical use) is someone normally proportioned, but diminutive. A pygmy is properly a member of one of certain small-sized peoples of Africa and Asia, but the word is often used imprecisely to mean dwarf or midget. dwarf is a term often used to describe very small plants. pygmy is used to describe very small animals.

Origin of dwarf:

bef. 900; OE dweorh, dweorg; c. OHG twerg, ON dvergr


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwarf, midget, nanus(noun)

    a person who is markedly small

  2. gnome, dwarf(noun)

    a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure

  3. dwarf(verb)

    a plant or animal that is atypically small

  4. shadow, overshadow, dwarf(verb)

    make appear small by comparison

    "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"

  5. dwarf(verb)

    check the growth of

    "the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dwarf(noun)ɔrf

    an imaginary small old man with magic powers

    ***a magical dwarf

  2. dwarfɔrf

    a person who is extremely small because of a medical condition

    ***He prefers the term "dwarf" to "midget."

  3. dwarf(verb)ɔrf

    to make sth seem small or unimportant

    a political issue that dwarfs all others


  1. dwarf(Noun)

    A creature from (especially Scandinavian and other Germanic) folklore, usually depicted as having supernatural powers and being skilled in metalworking. Sometimes pluralized dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.

  2. dwarf(Noun)

    A person with short stature, often one whose limbs are disproportionately small in relation to the body as compared with normal adults, usually as the result of a genetic condition.

  3. dwarf(Noun)

    An animal, plant or other thing much smaller than the usual of its sort.

  4. dwarf(Noun)

    A star of relatively small size.

  5. dwarf(Verb)

    To render (much) smaller, turn into a dwarf (version)

  6. dwarf(Verb)

    To make appear (much) smaller, puny, tiny

    The newly-built skyscraper dwarfs all older buildings in the downtown skyline.

  7. dwarf(Verb)

    To make appear insignificant

    Bach dwarfs all other composers.

  8. dwarf(Verb)

    To become (much) smaller

  9. dwarf(Adjective)


  10. Origin: Via dwerf (variously spelt dwerf, dwergh and many other ways), from dweorg (variously dweorg, dweorh, duerg before 900), from dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a dhu̯er- "harm, deceive"; compare Sanskrit dhvárati ("he bends, hurts"), dhvarás ("class of female demons").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dwarf(noun)

    an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being

  2. Dwarf(verb)

    to hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt

  3. Dwarf(verb)

    to become small; to diminish in size


  1. Dwarf

    In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Dwarves are a race inhabiting the world of Arda, a fictional prehistoric Earth which includes the continent Middle-earth. They appear in his books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the posthumously published The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth series, the last three edited by his son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien.

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an animal, plant or person much smaller than normal.

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