Diminutive Di*min"u*tive, n. 1. Something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing. [1913 Webster]

Such water flies, diminutives of nature. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gram.) 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. [1913 Webster]

Babyisms and dear diminutives. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Note: The word sometimes denotes a derivative verb which expresses a diminutive or petty form of the action, as scribble. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Diminutive — Di*min u*tive, a. [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.] 1. Below the average size; very small; little. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word. [1913 Webster] 3. Tending to diminish. [R.] [1913 Webster] Diminutive of liberty …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diminutive — [də min′yo͞o tiv, də min′yətiv] adj. [ME & OFr diminutif < LL diminutivus < pp. of L deminuere, DIMINISH] 1. much smaller than ordinary or average; very small; tiny 2. Gram. expressing smallness or diminution [a diminutive suffix or name] n …   English World dictionary

  • diminutive — index immaterial, minimal, paltry, petty, remote (small), slight, tenuous Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • diminutive — late 14c. (n. and adj.), from O.Fr. diminutif (14c.), from L. diminutivus, earlier deminutivus, from pp. stem of deminuere (see DIMINISH (Cf. diminish)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • diminutive — adj little, *small, wee, tiny, minute, miniature Contrasted words: *large, big, great: enormous, immense, *huge, vast, colossal, mammoth …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • diminutive — [adj] tiny, petite bantam, bitsy*, bitty*, button*, Lilliputian, little, midget, mini, miniature, minute, peewee*, pint sized, pocket, pocket sized, small, teensy*, teensyweensy*, teeny*, teeny weeny*, undersize, wee*, weeny*; concept 789 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • diminutive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extremely or unusually small. 2) (of a word, name, or suffix) implying smallness (e.g. let in booklet). ► NOUN ▪ a shortened form of a name, typically used informally. DERIVATIVES diminutively adverb diminutiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Diminutive — In language structure, a diminutive,[1] or diminutive form (abbreviated dim), 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.[2][3] It… …   Wikipedia

  • diminutive — [[t]dɪmɪ̱njʊtɪv[/t]] diminutives 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A diminutive person or object is very small. Her eyes scanned the room until they came to rest on a diminutive figure standing at the entrance. Syn: tiny 2) N COUNT A diminutive is an… …   English dictionary

  • diminutive — I UK [dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv] / US [dɪˈmɪnjətɪv] adjective formal very short or small a diminutive woman with bright blue eyes II UK [dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv] / US [dɪˈmɪnjətɪv] noun [countable] Word forms diminutive : singular diminutive plural diminutives linguistics …   English dictionary

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