Definitions for Midgetˈmɪdʒ ɪt
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dwarf, midget, nanus(adj)
a person who is markedly small
bantam, diminutive, lilliputian, midget, petite, tiny, flyspeck(adj)
"diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"; "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"
A very diminutive person having normal proportions of the body parts; compare dwarf.
Origin: [Dim. of midge.]
A little sandfly.
Although tiny and just two-winged, midgets can bite you manyfold till you itch all over your unprotected skin
Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge
A normally proportioned person with small stature, usually defined as reaching an adult height less than 4'10".
Any short person.
That is a small version of something; miniature
the midget pony
Origin: Diminutive of midge (from mygg, mycg, from mugjō; cognate with Dutch mug & German Mücke), using the suffix -et, originally (1865) for a "little sand fly", only around 1869 also a "very small person".
a minute bloodsucking fly
a very diminutive person
Origin: [Dim. of midge.]
Midget is a term that is widely considered pejorative for a person of unusually short stature, often one with the medical condition dwarfism, particularly proportionate dwarfism. When applied as an adjective, it can also refer to anything of much smaller than normal size, as a synonym for "miniature," or to sports leagues, such as hockey, for young players. Merriam-Webster dictionary states that the first use of the term "midget" was in 1816. The term "midget" came into prominence in the mid-19th century after Harriet Beecher Stowe used it in her novels Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands and Old Town Folks where she described children and an extremely short man, respectively. P. T. Barnum indirectly helped popularize the term "midget" when he began featuring General Tom Thumb in his circus. "Midget" became linked to referencing short people put on public display for curiosity and sport. Such performances continued to be widespread through the mid part of the twentieth century, with Hermines Midgets brought from their performances in Paris to appear at the 1939 New York World's Fair. When interviewed for a 1999 piece, performers engaged in ongoing "Midget Wrestling" events stated that they did not view the term "Midget Wrestling" as derogatory, but merely descriptive of their small size; however, others responding to the piece disagreed, with one stating that the performances perpetuated an outdated and demeaning image.
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If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language.
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- malý, maličký, trpaslík, zakrslík, mini-Czech
- mandsling, gnom, dværgDanish
- Zwerg, Zwergin, Liliputaner, LiliputanerinGerman
- nano, epotxBasque
- kääpiö, skäfä, kääpiö-Finnish
- nain, naine, nabotFrench
- nana, nano, mini-Italian
- 小人, ちび, ミゼットJapanese
- nana, nanusLatin
- џуџе, кепецMacedonian
- одой хүнMongolian
- mini-, dwerg, dwerg-Dutch
- anão, anãPortuguese
- mini-, dvärgSwedish
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