Definitions for Midgetˈmɪdʒ ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

midg•et*ˈmɪdʒ ɪt(n.)

  1. (not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.

  2. any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.

  3. (adj.)very small or of a class below the usual size; miniature.

* Syn: See dwarf.

Origin of midget:

1850–55

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwarf, midget, nanus(adj)

    a person who is markedly small

  2. bantam, diminutive, lilliputian, midget, petite, tiny, flyspeck(adj)

    very small

    "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"; "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"

Wiktionary

  1. midget(Noun)

    A little sandfly.

    Although tiny and just two-winged, midgets can bite you manyfold till you itch all over your unprotected skin

  2. midget(Noun)

    Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge

  3. midget(Noun)

    A normally proportioned person with small stature, usually defined as reaching an adult height less than 4'10".

  4. midget(Noun)

    Any short person.

  5. midget(Noun)

    That is a small version of something; miniature

    the midget pony

  6. 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".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Midget(noun)

    a minute bloodsucking fly

  2. Midget(noun)

    a very diminutive person

Freebase

  1. Midget

    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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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

midget(noun)

a person who is fully developed but has not grown to normal height.

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