What does midget mean?

Definitions for midget
ˈmɪdʒ ɪtmidget

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwarf, midget, nanusadjective

    a person who is markedly small

  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. Midgetnoun

    A very diminutive person having normal proportions of the body parts; compare dwarf.


  1. midgetnoun

    A little sandfly.

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

  2. midgetnoun

    Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge

  3. midgetnoun

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

  4. midgetnoun

    Any short person.

  5. midgetnoun

    That is a small version of something; miniature

    the midget pony

  6. Etymology: 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".


  1. midget

    A midget is a term that was historically used to describe a person who is significantly shorter than average height, often as a result of a medical condition known as dwarfism. However, it's important to note that the term is now often seen as derogatory and disrespectful. The preferred terminology is 'little person' or 'person with dwarfism'. Dwarfism generally refers to an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches (147 cm) or shorter. The condition can be caused by over 200 distinct medical conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Midgetnoun

    a minute bloodsucking fly

  2. Midgetnoun

    a very diminutive person

  3. Etymology: [Dim. of midge.]


  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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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Midget is ranked #109258 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Midget surname appeared 162 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Midget.

    44.4% or 72 total occurrences were Black.
    42.5% or 69 total occurrences were White.
    6.7% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.9% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of midget in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of midget in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of midget in a Sentence

  1. Alice Walker:

    Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild disappointment With caress unmoved and cold Make of it a parka For your soul. Discover the reason why So tiny human midget Exists at all So scared unwise But expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise.

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