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diminutive


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diminutive  \Di*min"u*tive\,  a.  [Cf.  L.  deminutivus  F. 
  diminutif.] 
  1.  Below  the  average  size;  very  small  little. 
 
  2.  Expressing  diminution;  as  a  diminutive  word 
 
  3.  Tending  to  diminish.  [R.] 
 
  Diminutive  of  liberty.  --Shaftesbury. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diminutive  \Di*min"u*tive\,  n. 
  1.  Something  of  very  small  size  or  value;  an  insignificant 
  thing 
 
  Such  water  flies,  diminutives  of  nature.  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  Babyisms  and  dear  diminutives.  --Tennyson. 
 
  Note:  The  word  sometimes  denotes  a  derivative  verb  which 
  expresses  a  diminutive  or  petty  form  of  the  action  as 
  scribble. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diminutive 
  adj  :  very  small  "diminutive  in  stature";  "a  lilliputian  chest  of 
  drawers";  "her  petite  figure";  "tiny  feet"  [syn:  {bantam}, 
  {lilliputian},  {midget},  {petite},  {tiny}] 
  n  :  a  word  that  is  formed  with  a  suffix  (such  as  -let  or  -kin) 
  to  indicate  smallness 




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