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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"


  1. Dwarf(n.)

    Especially: A diminutive human being, small in stature due to a pathological condition which causes a distortion of the proportions of body parts to each other, such as the limbs, torso, and head. A person of unusually small height who has normal body proportions is usually called a midget.

  2. Dwarf(n.)

    (Folklore) A small, usually misshapen person, typically a man, who may have magical powers; mythical dwarves were often depicted as living underground in caves.

  3. Origin: [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dwarf

    dwawrf, n. an animal or plant that does not reach the ordinary height: a diminutive man.—v.t. to hinder from growing: to make to appear small.—adjs. Dwarf′ish, Dwarf, like a dwarf: very small: despicable.—adv. Dwarf′ishly.—n. Dwarf′ishness.—Dwarfed trees, small trees growing in flower-pots, a characteristic ornament in Chinese and Japanese houses and gardens. [A.S. dweorg; Dut. dwerg, Ice. dvergr, Ger. zwerg.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DWARF in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DWARF in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of DWARF in a Sentence

  1. J. Petit-Senn:

    Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.

  2. Shakespeare:

    Get lost, you dwarf, you weed, you scrap, you acorn.

  3. Savvas Savouri:

    There are nations around the world that dwarf the EU.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Physically, man is a dwarf; mentally, man is a giant!

  5. Andrew Feinstein:

    I fear that the corruption in this deal might dwarf the arms deal.

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