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1. very small; tiny
2. (Linguistics) Grammar
a. denoting an affix added to a word to convey the meaning small or unimportant or to express affection, as for example the suffix -ette in French
b. denoting a word formed by the addition of a diminutive affix
1. (Linguistics / Grammar) Grammar a diminutive word or affix
2. a tiny person or thing Compare (for senses 2, 3) augmentative
diminutival [dɪˌmɪnjʊˈtaɪvəl] adj
di•min•u•tive (dɪˈmɪn yə tɪv)
1. much smaller than the average or usual; tiny.
2. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting smallness, familiarity, affection, or triviality, as the suffix -let in droplet from drop.n.
3. a diminutive element or formation.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin dīminūtīvus= Latin dīminūt(us) lessened (for dēminūtus; see diminution) + -īvus -ive]
Thesaurus Legend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
adjective small, little, tiny, minute, pocket(-sized), mini, wee, miniature, petite, midget, undersized, teeny-weeny, Lilliputian, bantam, teensy-weensy, pygmy or pigmy a diminutive figure stood at the entrance
big, great, giant, massive (informal), enormous, immense, jumbo (informal), gigantic, colossal, king-size
1. adj (frm) → minuto/a, minuscolo/a
2. n (Gram) → diminutivo
a. diminuto-a, pequeño-a.
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At closer quarters the diminutive personage looked like a reduction of an ordinary-sized man, with a lofty brow bared for a moment by the raising of the hat, the great pepper-and salt full beard spread over the proportionally broad chest.
She had possession of the rocker, and she was busily engaged in sewing upon a diminutive pair of night-drawers.
It is extremely bad for the children when the father is too young; for in all animals whatsoever the parts of the young are imperfect, and are more likely to be productive of females than males, and diminutive also in size; the same thing of course necessarily holds true in men; as a proof of this you may see in those cities where the men and women usually marry very young, the people in general are very small and ill framed; in child-birth also the women suffer more, and many of them die.
diminution in value
Diminution of the record
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