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dɪˈmɪn yə tɪvdiminu·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diminutiveadjective

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

  2. bantam, diminutive, lilliputian, midget, petite, tiny, flyspeckadjective

    very small

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


  1. diminutivenoun

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

    Booklet, the diminutive of book, means u2018small book'.

    Etymology: From diminutif (1398), from diminutivum, from deminuere.

  2. diminutiveadjective

    Very small.

    Etymology: From diminutif (1398), from diminutivum, from deminuere.

  3. diminutiveadjective

    Serving to diminish.

    Etymology: From diminutif (1398), from diminutivum, from deminuere.

  4. diminutiveadjective

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

    Etymology: From diminutif (1398), from diminutivum, from deminuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diminutiveadjective

    below the average size; very small; little

    Etymology: [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.]

  2. Diminutiveadjective

    expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word

    Etymology: [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.]

  3. Diminutiveadjective

    tending to diminish

    Etymology: [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.]

  4. Diminutivenoun

    something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing

    Etymology: [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.]

  5. Diminutivenoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.]


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diminutive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diminutive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of diminutive in a Sentence

  1. Robert Morley:

    Robert Morley sat with Wilfred Hyde White, watching the coronation parade of Queen Elizabeth. In an open carriage approached the very large Queen Salote of Tonga. Resplendent in a floral dress and ignoring the rain. "Who do you think that is beside queen Salote?" asked Wilfred, looking down at his program. Robert glanced at the diminutive Tonga ambassador in his top hat and tails and suggested, "her lunch perhaps".

  2. Unknown:

    Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.

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  • تَصْغِير, تَصْغِيرِي, ضَئِيلArabic
  • мъничък, миниатю́рен, умали́телно и́ме, умали́теленBulgarian
  • furm vihanaatBreton
  • deminutivum, zdrobnělina, drobnýCzech
  • diminutivDanish
  • Deminutiv, Verkleinerungswort, diminutiv, Diminutivbildung, Verkleinerungsform, Deminutivum, Diminutivum, winzig, verkleinerndGerman
  • υποκοριστικός, μικροσκοπικός, υποκοριστικό, μειωτικόςGreek
  • diminutivo, diminutoSpanish
  • کوچکPersian
  • pikkuruinen, vähäinen, pienentää, mitätön, deminutiivi, deminutiivinen, pikkiriikkinenFinnish
  • diminutif, minusculeFrench
  • meanbhan, meanbhScottish Gaelic
  • צורת הקטנהHebrew
  • छोटाHindi
  • նվազականArmenian
  • smækkunarendingIcelandic
  • diminutivo, minuscoloItalian
  • 指小辞Japanese
  • ಅಲ್ಪಾರ್ಥಕKannada
  • 지소사Korean
  • ([[nomen]]) [[diminutivum]], ([[nomen]]) [[deminutivum]]Latin
  • nepinepi, nepiMāori
  • verkleinwoord, verkleinend, diminutief, kleinDutch
  • diminutivNorwegian
  • zdrobnieniePolish
  • diminutivo, diminuto, diminuidor, minúsculoPortuguese
  • diminutivă, diminutive, diminutivRomanian
  • уменьши́тельное сло́во, уменьши́тельный, уменьши́тельно-ласка́тельное сло́во, уменьши́тельно-ласка́тельный, миниатю́рный, диминути́вный, диминути́в, кро́хотныйRussian
  • umanjenica, deminutivSerbo-Croatian
  • zdrobnenina, drobnýSlovak
  • pomanjševalnica, manjšálnicaSlovene
  • diminutivSwedish
  • மிகக்குறுகியதாகTamil
  • కురచTelugu
  • nhỏ xíuVietnamese
  • smalükamavöd, smalamavödVolapük

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    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
    • A. greedy
    • B. dependable
    • C. hatched
    • D. abrupt

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