Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very small midshipman.

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Examples

  • In which our hero and Gascoigne ought to be ashamed of themselves, and did feel what might be called midshipmite compunction.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • Mills, who was only a "midshipmite" still, in every sense of the word, accompanying them with a rattling refrain from a pair of ivory castanets which he had purchased for a paper dollar in a curio shop at Canton.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • He hung about its hutch, contemplating its proportions in the exulting, gruesome mood of that midshipmite who seasoned the steamy cauldron, and, no doubt, hummed to himself in

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • The Princess was no less gracious, for all danced with her who chose, from the Lord High Admiral to midshipmite and the crew of the captain's gig.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska

  • Now, there is not much fun in coaling, even when a craft as funny as the _Pinta_ is snuggling up under your quarter, looking more like the Pinafore than ever, with her skylarking sailors, midshipmite and all; so Captain Carroll secured a jaunty little steam-launch, and away we went on a picnic in the forest primeval.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska

  • This I'll say, I've never heard a man talk about it as you used to in old midshipmite days, whole watches through -- don't you remember? on the North American station, and in the Black Sea, and the

    Beauchamp's Career — Volume 2

  • What does that prove when the midshipmite was found with his head in the mixedpickle jar?

    Rhoda Fleming — Volume 2

  • This I'll say, I've never heard a man talk about it as you used to in old midshipmite days, whole watches through -- don't you remember? on the North

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • With what interest they watched the microscopic midshipmite, listened to

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5 Jimmy's Cruise in the Pinafore, Etc.

  • When the last day came, he was in such spirits that he was found doing double-shuffles in corners, hugging the midshipmite, who was a little girl of about Kitty's age, and treating his messmates to peanuts with a lavish hand.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5 Jimmy's Cruise in the Pinafore, Etc.

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  • "Oh I am a cook and a captain bold,
    And the mate of the Nancy brig,
    And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite
    And the crew of the captain's gig."
    Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911), The Yarn of the 'Nancy Bell'

    September 20, 2009