I. noun (plural dwarfs; also dwarves) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English dwerg, dwerf, from Old English dweorg, dweorh; akin to Old High German twerg dwarf Date: before 12th century 1. a. a person of unusually small stature; especially one whose bodily proportions are abnormal b. an insignificant person <
a literary dwarf
2. an animal or plant much below normal size 3. a small legendary manlike being who is usually misshapen and ugly and skilled as a craftsman 4. a star (as the sun) of ordinary or low luminosity and relatively small mass and size • dwarfish adjectivedwarfishly adverbdwarfishness noundwarflike adjectivedwarfness noun II. verb Date: circa 1626 transitive verb 1. to restrict the growth of ; stunt 2. to cause to appear smaller or to seem inferior <
has dwarfed the achievements of her predecessors
intransitive verb to become smaller III. adjective Date: 1597 of a plant low-growing in habit <
dwarfer forms of citrus

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dwarf — may refer to: A person with dwarfism Dwarf (Germanic mythology), a being from Germanic mythology and folklore. Contents 1 Biology 2 Modern popular culture …   Wikipedia

  • dwarf — dwarf; dwarf·ish; dwarf·ism; dwarf·ling; dwarf·ness; sub·dwarf; semi·dwarf; dwarf·ish·ly; dwarf·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • Dwarf — Dwarf, n.; pl. {Dwarfs}. [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.] 1. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dwarf — n Dwarf, pygmy, midget, manikin, homunculus, runt are comparable when they mean an individual and usually a person of diminutive size. Dwarf is the general term not only for a human being but for any animal or plant that is definitely below the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dwarf — [dwôrf] n. pl. dwarfs or dwarves [dwôrvz] [ME dwerf, dwergh < OE dweorg, akin to Ger zwerg < IE * dhwergh , prob. < base * dhwer , to trick, injure > Sans dhvarati, (he) injures] 1. any human being, animal, or plant that is much… …   English World dictionary

  • Dwarf — Dwarf, v. i. To become small; to diminish in size. [1913 Webster] Strange power of the world that, the moment we enter it, our great conceptions dwarf. Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dwarf — [adj] miniature, tiny baby, diminutive, low, petite, pocket, small, undersized; concept 773 Ant. big, giant, huge, large dwarf [n] very small person bantam, dwarfling, homunculus, Lilliputian*, midget, Tom Thumb*; concept 424 Ant. giant dwarf …   New thesaurus

  • dwarf — ► NOUN (pl. dwarfs or dwarves) 1) a member of a mythical race of short, stocky human like creatures. 2) an abnormally small person. 3) (before another noun ) (of an animal or plant) much smaller than is usual for its type or species. 4) (also… …   English terms dictionary

  • Dwarf — Dwarf, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dwarfed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dwarfing}.] To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt. Addison. [1913 Webster] Even the most common moral ideas and affections . . . would be stunted and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dwarf — dwarf. См. нанизм. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • dwarf — index lessen, minimize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”