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DIMINUTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diminutive mean? 

DIMINUTIVE (noun)
  The noun DIMINUTIVE has 1 sense:

1. a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness

  Familiarity information: DIMINUTIVE used as a noun is very rare.


DIMINUTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective DIMINUTIVE has 1 sense:

1. very small

  Familiarity information: DIMINUTIVE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIMINUTIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

A word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("diminutive" is a kind of...):

word (a unit of language that native speakers can identify)


DIMINUTIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Very small

Synonyms:

bantam; diminutive; flyspeck; midget; petite; tiny; lilliputian

Context examples:

diminutive in stature / a lilliputian chest of drawers / her petite figure / tiny feet / the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy

Similar:

little; small (limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent)


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