from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very small person.
- n. Informal A child.
- n. Informal A minor official.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A child.
- n. 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. A player who concentrates solely on increasing his character's power and capabilities.
- n. A domestic cat breed.
After the Munchkins, characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by L. Frank Baum in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Perhaps reflective of munch (“=mensch?”) + -kin. (Wiktionary)