from The Century Dictionary.

  • In gram, and phonetics, shortened by combination or by omission of letters or sounds. See contract, v. t., 3, and contraction, 3.
  • Drawn together or into a smaller or narrower compass; shrunk.
  • Narrow; mean; selfish: as, a man of a contracted soul or mind.
  • Narrow or restricted in means or opportunities; restricted, as by poverty; scanty; needy.
  • Arranged for or disposed of by contract; specifically, betrothed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Drawn together; shrunken; wrinkled; narrow.
  • adjective Narrow; illiberal; selfish.
  • adjective Bargained for; betrothed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective not comparable Arranged by contract; established by agreement.
  • adjective Made smaller by contraction.
  • adjective Incurred; acquired.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of contract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective reduced in size or pulled together


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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