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Meaning of DIMINUTIVE

Pronunciation:  di'minyutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
  2. [adj]  very small; "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"
 

DIMINUTIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: bantam, lilliputian, little, midget, petite, small, tiny
 
 See Also: word

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 
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