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or pig·my  (pĭg′mē)
n. & adj.
Variants of Pygmy.


n, pl -mies
(Peoples) a variant spelling of Pygmy


or Pigmy

(ˈpɪg mi)

n., pl. -mies,
adj. n.
a. a member of any of several small-statured peoples of Africa, esp. the forested regions of central Africa.
b. a Negrito of SE Asia, or of the Andaman or Philippine islands.
2. (l.c.) a small or dwarfish person.
3. (l.c.) anything very small of its kind.
4. (l.c.) a person of small importance or lacking in some important quality, attribute, etc.
5. (sometimes l.c.) of or pertaining to the Pygmies.
6. (l.c.) of very small size, capacity, power, etc.
[1350–1400; Middle English pigmēis, pl. of pigmē < Latin Pygmaeus < Greek pygmaîos dwarfish, a member of a legendary race of dwarflike people =pygm(ḗ) distance from elbow to knuckles + -aios adj. suffix]
pyg′moid, adj.
pyg′my•ism, n.
syn: See dwarf.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigmy - an unusually small individualpigmy - an unusually small individual  
small person - a person of below average size
2.Pigmy - any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
small person - a person of below average size


also pigmy



(ˈpigmi) plural ˈpygmies ~ˈpigmies noun
a member of an African race of very small people.
References in classic literature ?
He crawled this way and that--away to the right, slanting upward--away to the left, still slanting upward--and stood at last, a black peg on the summit, and waved his pigmy scarf
He and the mender of roads sat on the heap of stones looking silently at one another, with the hail driving in between them like a pigmy charge of bayonets, until the sky began to clear over the village.
Paranjape SY, Bhalerao AM (1985) Bioecological observations on a pigmy locust, Potua sabulosa Hancock (Tetrigidae: Orthoptera).