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Lil·li·pu·tian

also lil·li·pu·tian  (lĭl′ə-pyo͞o′shən)
n.
A very small person or being.
adj.
1. Very small; diminutive.
2. Trivial; petty.

[After Lilliput, a country in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where everything was diminutive.]

Lilliputian

(ˌlɪlɪˈpjuːʃɪən)
n
a tiny person or being
adj
1. tiny; very small
2. petty or trivial
[C18: from Lilliput, an imaginary country of tiny inhabitants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)]

Lil•li•pu•tian

(ˌlɪl ɪˈpyu ʃən)

adj.
1. extremely small; tiny.
2. petty.
n.
3. an inhabitant of Lilliput.
4. a very small person.
[1726]

Lilliputian

a diminutive person, about the height of an ink bottle, as from Lilliput in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Cf. Brobdingnagian.
See also: Size
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Lilliputian - a very small person (resembling a Lilliputian)lilliputian - a very small person (resembling a Lilliputian)
small person - a person of below average size
2.Lilliputian - a 6-inch tall inhabitant of Lilliput in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Adj.1.Lilliputian - tiny; relating to or characteristic of the imaginary country of Lilliput; "the Lilliputian population"
2.Lilliputian - very smalllilliputian - very small; "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"; "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
3.lilliputian - (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"

Lilliputian

also lilliputian
adjective
Translations

Lilliputian

[ˌlɪlɪˈpjuːʃɪən]
A. ADJliliputiense
B. Nliliputiense mf

Lilliputian

adjwinzig, liliputanerhaft
nLiliputaner(in) m(f)

Lilliputian

[ˌlɪlɪˈpjuːʃɪən] adj & n (liter) → lillipuziano/a
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The reader may please to observe, that, in the last article of the recovery of my liberty, the emperor stipulates to allow me a quantity of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 Lilliputians.
And now having introduced you and Gulliver to the Lilliputians, I must leave you to hear about his further adventures among them from the book itself.
In the first voyage, that to the Lilliputians, the tone is one mainly of humorous irony; but in such passages as the hideous description of the
The pigmy size of the Lilliputians symbolizes the littleness of mankind and their interests; the superior skill in rope-dancing which with them is the ground for political advancement, the political intrigues of real men; and the question whether eggs shall be broken on the big or the little end, which has embroiled Lilliput in a bloody war, both civil and foreign, the trivial causes of European conflicts.
All the time you were out, I felt like Gulliver with the Lilliputians firing upon him.
So saying he paused and listened, as if in an ecstasy, to a sound which seemed to me no better than a tiny chirping from an innumerable multitude of lilliputian grasshoppers.
I hauled them forth from my purse)--"if she had offered me them herself instead of tying them up with a thread of green silk in a kind of Lilliputian packet, I could have thrust them back into her little hand, and shut up the small, taper fingers over them--so--and compelled her shame, her pride, her shyness, all to yield to a little bit of determined Will--now where is she?
From that day forth bureaucracy used to its own profit the mistrust that stands between receipts and expenditures; it degraded the administration for the benefit of the administrators; in short, it spun those lilliputian threads which have chained France to Parisian centralization,--as if from 1500 to 1800 France had undertaken nothing for want of thirty thousand government clerks
One moment, Michel," answered Barbicane; "if you wish to play the part of Gulliver, only visit the inferior planets, such as Mercury, Venus, or Mars, whose density is a little less than that of the earth; but do not venture into the great planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune; for there the order will be changed, and you will become Lilliputian.
As for the rest, every bit was made by her own hands--featherstitched pinning blankets, a crocheted jacket and cap, knitted mittens, embroidered bonnets; slim little princess slips of sensible length; underskirts on absurd Lilliputian yokes; silk-embroidered white flannel petticoats; stockings and crocheted boots, seeming to burgeon before her eyes with wriggly pink toes and plump little calves; and last, but not least, many deliciously soft squares of bird's-eye linen.
Some are such little creatures, that the stairs are of Lilliputian measurement, fitted to their tiny strides.
Grandma, followed by her trusted Lilliputians, was forced to miss a planned stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral, a shame for the crowds who were eagerly awaiting another story from her "safe of memories".