from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A member of a race of dwarfs.
- n. A member of any of various peoples, especially of equatorial Africa and parts of southeast Asia, having an average height less than 5 feet (152 centimeters). Not in scientific use.
- n. An individual of unusually small size.
- n. An individual considered to be of little or no importance.
- adj. Of or relating to the Pygmies. Not in scientific use.
- adj. Unusually or atypically small.
- adj. Unimportant; trivial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a pygmy; resembling a pygmy or dwarf; dwarfish; very small.
- n. One of a fabulous race of dwarfs who waged war with the cranes, and were destroyed.
- n. Hence, a short, insignificant person; a dwarf.
- n. One of a race of Central African Negritos found chiefly in the great forests of the equatorial belt. They are the shortest of known races, the adults ranging from less than four to about five feet in stature. They are timid and shy, dwelling in the recesses of the forests, though often on good terms with neighboring Negroes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [capitalized] One of a fabulous race of dwarfs, mentioned by various ancient authors.
- n. Hence A little or dwarfish person; a dwarf; also, anything very small of its kind.
- n. The chimpanzee: perhaps as the supposed original of the fabled Pygmies.
- Belonging to or resembling a pygmy; pygmean; dwarfish: very small of its kind; little.
- In zoology, very small of its kind; dwarfish or dwarf: applied to many animals.
- To make like a pygmy; dwarf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unusually small individual
- n. any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
Middle English pigmie, from Latin Pygmaeī, the Pygmies, from Greek Pugmaioi, from pugmē, cubit, fist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)