American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Extremely small in size; tiny. See Synonyms at small.
- adj. Grammar Of or being a suffix that indicates smallness or, by semantic extension, qualities such as youth, familiarity, affection, or contempt, as -let in booklet, -kin in lambkin, or -et in nymphet.
- n. Grammar A diminutive suffix, word, or name.
- n. A very small person or thing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Small; little; narrow; contracted: as, a race of diminutive men; a diminutive house.
- Having the power of diminishing or lessening; tending to diminish, decrease, or abridge.
- In grammar, expressing something small or little: as, a diminutive word; the diminutive suffixes ‘-kin.’ ‘-let,’ ‘-ling,’ etc. See II., 3.
- n. I. Anything very small as to size, importance, value, etc.: as, a dainty diminutive
- n. In old medicine, something that dimishes or abates.
- n. In grammar, a word formed from another word, usually an appellative or generic term, to express a little thing of the kind: as, in Latin,lapillus, a little stone, from lapis, a stone; cellula, a little cell, from cella, a cell; in French, maisonnette, a little house, from maison, a house; in English, manikin, a little man, from man; rivulet, which a double diminutive, being from Latin rivulus, a diminutive of rivus, a river, with the English diminutive of rivus, a river, with the English diminutive termination -et. Many terminations originally diminutive, or words having such terminations, have lost diminutive force. The principal suffixes in English recognized as diminutive are -et, -kin, -let, -ling, -ock, -in, and -y or -ie. See also -el, -elle, -ule, -cute, etc.
- adj. Very small.
- adj. Serving to diminish.
- adj. grammar Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
- n. grammar A word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Below the average size; very small; little.
- adj. Expressing diminution.
- adj. rare Tending to diminish.
- n. Something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing.
- n. (Gram.) A derivative from a noun, denoting a small or a young object of the same kind with that denoted by the primitive.
- n. a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
- adj. very small
- From Old French diminutif (1398), from Latin diminutivum, from deminuere ("diminish"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English diminutif, from Old French, from Latin dīminūtīvus, variant of dēminūtīvus, from dēminūtus, past participle of dēminuere, to lessen; see diminish. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Other than that, she would make everything in diminutive form with “- ito” and “- ita””
“The diminutive is often used to describe without speaking paragraphs or to take the sting out.”
“Somebody looking for a diminutive form of Zimt, the German word for cinnamon, came here the other day.”
“A pair of ROK and American one-stars were also at the table, but Gruver was referring to the diminutive two-star standing at the podium.”
“At one end there is a tiny pocket, containing a slip of paper upon which are some verses in diminutive handwriting with the date "Jany. 1792.”
“Its name is the diminutive form of the Spanish word for early, since it ripens far earlier than most other red grapes.”
“Reg, I think "diminutive" comes from the Latin "diminutivus" and means reduced or "diminished, rather than small.”
“a diminutive, is added to the end of words: nor can any reasoning of Creyghton, the editor, excuse his changing into Sguropulus,”
“Just asking, but what would you call a diminutive version of the Nook?)”
“Chonitos is a slang diminutive form for calzones, kinda like baby talk.”
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