Definitions for diminutivedɪˈmɪn yə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•min•u•tivedɪˈmɪn yə tɪv(adj.)

  1. much smaller than the average or usual; tiny.

  2. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting smallness, familiarity, affection, or triviality, as the suffix -let in droplet from


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  3. (n.)a diminutive element or formation.

    Category: Grammar

Origin of diminutive:

1350–1400; ME < ML dīminūtīvus= L dīminūt(us) lessened (for dēminūtus; see diminution ) +-īvus -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. diminutive(adj)

    a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness

  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"


  1. diminutive(Noun)

    A word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.

    Booklet, the diminutive of book, means u2018small booku2019.

  2. diminutive(Adjective)

    Very small.

  3. diminutive(Adjective)

    Serving to diminish.

  4. diminutive(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.

  5. Origin: From diminutif (1398), from diminutivum, from deminuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diminutive(adj)

    below the average size; very small; little

  2. Diminutive(adj)

    expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word

  3. Diminutive(adj)

    tending to diminish

  4. Diminutive(noun)

    something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing

  5. Diminutive(noun)

    a derivative from a noun, denoting a small or a young object of the same kind with that denoted by the primitive; as, gosling, eaglet, lambkin


  1. Diminutive

    In language structure, a diminutive, or diminutive form, is a formation of a word used to convey a slight degree of the root meaning, smallness of the object or quality named, encapsulation, intimacy, or endearment. It is the opposite of an augmentative. While many languages apply the grammatical diminutive to nouns, a few also use it for adjectives and even other parts of speech. Diminutives are often used for the purpose of expressing affection. In many languages, the meaning of diminution can be translated "tiny" or "wee", and diminutives are used frequently when speaking to small children; adult people sometimes use diminutives when they express extreme tenderness and intimacy by behaving and talking like children. In some languages, diminutives are formed in a regular way by adding affixes to nouns and proper names; in English the alteration of meaning is often conveyed through clipping, either alone or combined with an affix. English diminutives tend to be shorter and more colloquial than the basic form of the word; diminutives formed by adding affixes in other languages are often longer and not necessarily colloquial.

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very small

a diminutive child.

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