American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A very small person.
- n. Informal A child.
- n. Informal A minor official.
- n. informal A child.
- n. informal A person of very short stature.
- n. One of the fictional inhabitants of Munchkin Country in the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, who are portrayed as a race of very short people in the 1939 film adaptation The Wizard of Oz.
- n. gaming A player who concentrates solely on increasing his character's power and capabilities.
- n. A domestic cat breed.
- Coined by L. Frank Baum in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Perhaps reflective of munch (“=mensch?”) + -kin. (Wiktionary)
- After the Munchkins, characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The first words out of the good witches mouth after the wicked witch disappears in munchkin land in a ball of red smoke.”
“I said I was happy to play a board game or something though so we played a game called munchkin (I think) the rules of which were a bit of mystery to me and hence I lost - though I did get to be an elf with a very long sword and have a chicken on my head (though apparently the chicken thing was a curse adn bad).”
“The concept of me arriving for a conference without my happy little packages of notes and cards, without handling the arrangements for my beloved munchkin, is absurd.”
“The next munchkin is due in February and hopefully we’ll find out if it is another he or a she in the next fortnight (we seriously do not have the patience not to know these kind of things …) - I’m heading over to the UK and the US from October 9 with the better half and munchkin #1.”
“The munchkin is a breed of cat known for its noticeably short legs.”
“Dunkin' Donuts is a munchkin next to McDonald's, which has more than 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. and had $24 billion in 2010 revenue.”
“I remember very clearly the first time I laid eyes on his little munchkin face.”
“Next time: A scary pregnant munchkin bride who yells at everyone!”
“Yet that pales compared to the multiverse of identities she assumes in her latest one-woman show: a long suffering spouse in "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," a munchkin on Swing Street in "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead," and a victim of the TSA on "You Forgot Your Gloves" a bit of topicality from 1931.”
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