What does pygmy mean?

Definitions for pygmyˈpɪg mi

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pygmy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pygmy, pigmy(noun)

    an unusually small individual

  2. Pygmy, Pigmy(noun)

    any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet


  1. pygmy(Noun)

    (often capitalized, usually in the plural: Pygmies) A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature

  2. pygmy(Noun)

    A member of a race of dwarfs

  3. pygmy(Noun)

    Any dwarfish person

  4. pygmy(Noun)

    An insignificant person, at least in some respect

  5. pygmy(Adjective)

    Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people

  6. pygmy(Adjective)

    Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind

    Soil exhaustion ultimately produces a pygmy crop at best

  7. Origin: From Πυγμαῖος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pygmy(adj)

    alt. of Pygmean

  2. Pygmy(noun)

    one of a fabulous race of dwarfs who waged war with the cranes, and were destroyed

  3. Pygmy(noun)

    hence, a short, insignificant person; a dwarf

  4. Origin: [L. pygmaeus, Gr. , fr. the fist, a measure of length, the distance from the elbow to the knuckles, about 131 inches. Cf. Pugnacious, Fist.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pygmy

    Pigmy, pig′mi, n. one of a fabulous dwarfish race of antiquity: a dwarf: any diminutive thing: one of several pygmy races in equatorial Africa and elsewhere: one of the ancient diminutive dwellers in underground houses, &c., in whom David MacRitchie sees the historical originals of the fairies and elves of folklore.—adj. resembling a pygmy: very small.—adj. Pygmē′an, dwarfish: diminutive. [O. Fr. pigme, pygme—L. Pygmæi—Gr. Pygmaioi, the Pygmies, a (Gr.) pygmē—13½ in. long—pygmē, fist.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pygmy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pygmy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oliver Herford:

    Cat a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.

  2. Damon Knight:

    van Vogt is not a giant as often maintained. He's only a pygmy using a giant typewriter

  3. Nicholas Pyenson:

    It's exciting to know more about the evolution of this enigmatic group, an entire description of a new fossil pygmy sperm whale — that's really valuable.

  4. Rogatien Kitenge:

    The message was badly conveyed, going so far as to say (to pygmy women) that it was necessary to start sleeping with Bantu men. the water might be calm, but you can have crocodiles inside.

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