diminutiveness


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di·min·u·tive

 (dĭ-mĭn′yə-tĭv)
adj.
1. Extremely or extraordinarily small. See Synonyms at small.
2. Grammar Of or being a suffix that indicates smallness or, by semantic extension, qualities such as youth, familiarity, affection, or contempt, as -let in booklet, -kin in lambkin, or -et in nymphet.
n.
1. Grammar A diminutive suffix, word, or name.
2. A very small person or thing.

[Middle English diminutif, from Old French, from Latin dīminūtīvus, from dīminūtus, past participle of dīminuere; see diminish.]

di·min′u·tive·ly adv.
di·min′u·tive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diminutiveness - the property of being very small in sizediminutiveness - the property of being very small in size; "hence the minuteness of detail in the painting"
littleness, smallness - the property of having a relatively small size
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References in classic literature ?
Considering my diminutiveness, the size of the pail in my lap, and my drinking out of it my breath held and my face buried to the ears in foam, it was rather difficult to estimate how much I drank.
Please, he's a toy poodle, the smallest kind," I said, alluding to their common diminutiveness.
Father Christmas emphasizes the goblins' diminutiveness by commenting that "Goblins are to us very much what rats are to you" (52).
One night, she gave me a goodnight kiss (on the cheek)--not much, but an improvement, even though I had the odd feeling that she would have kissed me on the forehead but for the fact that my tallness and her diminutiveness put it out of reach.