diminutive definition

  • adjective:
    • incredibly tiny in dimensions; tiny. See Synonyms at tiny.
    • Grammar Of or being a suffix that shows smallness or, by semantic expansion, attributes such youth, expertise, love, or contempt, as -let in booklet, -kin in lambkin, or -et in nymphet.
    • tiny.
    • Serving to diminish.
    • Of or with respect to, or creating a word type articulating smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
    • Below the average dimensions; tiny; bit.
    • Expressing diminution.
    • looking after minimize.
    • really small
    • exceedingly small in proportions; little. See Synonyms at small.
    • Grammar Of or becoming a suffix that suggests smallness or, by semantic extension, qualities such as childhood, familiarity, love, or contempt, as -let in booklet, -kin in lambkin, or -et in nymphet.
    • really small.
    • Serving to diminish.
    • Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form revealing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
    • Below the average dimensions; tiny; little.
    • articulating diminution.
    • maintaining reduce.
    • tiny
  • noun:
    • Grammar A diminutive suffix, term, or title.
    • a really little person or thing.
    • A word form revealing smallness, childhood, unimportance, or endearment.
    • anything of tiny dimensions or worth; an insignificant thing.
    • A derivative from a noun, denoting a little or a young object of the identical type with this denoted because of the ancient.
    • I. something really small on dimensions, value, price, etc.: as, a dainty diminutive
    • In old medication, a thing that diminishes or abates.
    • In sentence structure, a word created from another term, usually an appellative or generic term, to express slightly thing associated with kind: because, in Latin,lapillus, somewhat rock, from lapis, a stone; cellula, some cellular, from cella, a cell; in French, maisonnette, somewhat house, from maison, a residence; in English, manikin, just a little guy, from man; rivulet, which a double diminutive, becoming from Latin rivulus, a diminutive of rivus, a river, with all the English diminutive of rivus, a river, using the English diminutive termination -et.
    • a word that is formed with a suffix (particularly -let or -kin) to point smallness
    • Grammar A diminutive suffix, word, or name.
    • an extremely little individual or thing.
    • A word type articulating smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
    • Something of very small dimensions or price; an insignificant thing.
    • A derivative from a noun, denoting a tiny or a young object of the same sort with that denoted because of the ancient.
    • I. any such thing really small regarding dimensions, relevance, price, etc.: as, a dainty diminutive
    • In old medication, something which diminishes or abates.
    • In sentence structure, a word formed from another word, usually an appellative or generic term, to state a little thing regarding the kind: as, in Latin,lapillus, some stone, from lapis, a stone; cellula, somewhat cell, from cella, a cell; in French, maisonnette, only a little home, from maison, a residence; in English, manikin, somewhat guy, from guy; rivulet, which a double diminutive, being from Latin rivulus, a diminutive of rivus, a river, utilizing the English diminutive of rivus, a river, aided by the English diminutive termination -et.
    • a word that's formed with a suffix (eg -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
  • others:
    • Small; small; narrow; contracted: because, a race of diminutive men; a diminutive residence.
    • getting the energy of decreasing or decreasing; tending to reduce, reduce, or abridge.
    • In sentence structure, revealing some thing tiny or little: as, a diminutive term; the diminutive suffixes ‘-kin.’ ‘-let,’ ‘-ling,’ etc. See II., 3.
    • Small; small; thin; contracted: because, a race of diminutive men; a diminutive home.
    • obtaining the energy of decreasing or decreasing; tending to minimize, reduce, or abridge.
    • In sentence structure, expressing anything small or little: since, a diminutive word; the diminutive suffixes ‘-kin.’ ‘-let,’ ‘-ling,’ etc. See II., 3.

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