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hop-o'-my-thumb

Definitions

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  • n. A very diminutive person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A very diminutive person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tiny dwarf: sometimes applied in derision to a diminutive person.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • "Who do you think would fash themselves about such a little hop-o'-my-thumb?"

    Louis' School Days A Story for Boys

  • And after vague hop-o'-my-thumb wanderings, he had a disconnected memory of Hugh -- a wild, rugged, ragged, bearded Hugh who caught him up fiercely as though he had an ogrish hunger for the feel of little boys.

    Snow-Blind

  • "All his wits are in his eyes, as you can tell jest to look at him – an 'for sech a little hop-o'-my-thumb female that don't reach nigh up to his shoulder."

    The Miller of Old Church

  • "I can't be taking orders off'n every hop-o'-my-thumb like that college kid."

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

  • It is too much associated with a truckling, subservience to English people and English ideas and the silly swagger of the hop-o'-my-thumb junior officer.

    Education and Empire Unity

  • "All his wits are in his eyes, as you can tell jest to look at him -- an 'for sech a little hop-o'-my-thumb female that don't reach nigh up to his shoulder."

    The Miller Of Old Church

  • There were -- let me see -- two, three, four, actually five girls of varying heights, the two elder, twins apparently, for in all respects they resembled each other so closely; three or four boys, too, from Jack of fourteen to little hop-o'-my-thumb Chris of six.

    A Christmas Posy

  • Marry, thou hop-o'-my-thumb, happy wouldst thou be could thy head reach the captive Baron's girdle. ''

    The Waverley

  • So brisk, and blunt, and eager, quite lifting his niece off her feet, and almost crushing her in his embrace, telling her she was still but a hop-o'-my-thumb, and shaking hands with his nephew with a look of scrutiny that brought the blood to the boy's cheek.

    Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster

  • At the next station we drank large quantities of hot milk, flavored with butter, sugar and cinnamon, and then pushed on, with another chubby hop-o'-my-thumb as guide and driver.

    Northern Travel Summer and Winter Pictures of Sweden, Denmark and Lapland

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