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Meaning of diminutive by Wiktionary Dictionary

diminutive


    Etymology

    From Old French diminutif ( 1398 ), from Latin diminutivum, from deminuere ( “diminish” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /dɪˈmɪn.jʊ.tɪv/, /dəˈmɪn.jə.tɪv/

    Adjective

    diminutive ( comparative more diminutive, superlative most diminutive )

    1. Very small.
    2. Serving to diminish .
    3. ( grammar ) Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment .

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    Noun

    diminutive ( plural: diminutives )

    1. ( grammar ) A word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment .
      Booklet, the diminutive of book, means ‘small book’ .

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    External links

    • Diminutive on Wikipedia .

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Explanation of diminutive by Wordnet Dictionary

diminutive


    Adjective
    1. very small

    2. diminutive in stature
    Noun
    1. a word that is formed with a suffix ( such as -let or -kin ) to indicate smallness



    Definition of diminutive by GCIDE Dictionary

    diminutive


    1. Diminutive 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. Diminutive, 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.

      ☞ The word sometimes denotes a derivative verb which expresses a diminutive or petty form of the action, as scribble.