Lilliputian


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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
1. a tiny person or being
adj
2. tiny; very small
3. 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"
Translations

Lilliputian

[ˌlɪlɪˈpjuːʃɪən]
A. ADJliliputiense
B. Nliliputiense mf

Lilliputian

adjwinzig, liliputanerhaft
nLiliputaner(in) m(f)

Lilliputian

[ˌlɪlɪˈpjuːʃɪən] adj & n (liter) → lillipuziano/a
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.