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1. A very small person.
2. Informal A child.

[After the Munchkins, , characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.]


1. informal chiefly US an undersized person or a child, esp an appealing one
2. (Breeds) a breed of medium-sized cat with short legs
[C20: from the Munchkins, a dwarfish race of people in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)]


(ˈmʌntʃ kɪn)

n. (often cap.)
a small person, esp. one who is dwarfish or elfin in appearance.
[after the Munchkins, a dwarflike race portrayed in Latin. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)]
References in classic literature ?
You may be sure the folks of Oz did their best with such a distinguished company watching them, and finally Zeb offered to wrestle with a little Munchkin who seemed to be the champion.
But the first time that Zeb managed to give him a sharp box on the ears the Munchkin sat down upon the ground and cried until the tears ran down his whiskers, because he had been hurt.
Will you bring them here with the Magic Belt, and give them a nice little farm in the Munchkin Country, or the Winkie Country--or some other place?
The only real difference was that while those girls from the Munchkin country had the blue strip in front of their skirts, those from the country of the Quadlings had the red strip in front; and those from the country of the Winkies had the yellow strip in front, and the Gillikin girls wore the purple strip in front.
Then he turned to the Munchkin boy and shook his head.
The aged Munchkin wriggled again and stared at his small nephew as if disturbed by his argument.
They live high up on the mountain, and the good Munchkin Country, where the fruits and flowers grow, is just the other side.
He's gone into the Munchkin country to get some fresh straw to stuff himself with, in honor of Ozma's celebration," replied the maid.
They entered it in the Munchkin territory, and the King of the Munchkins met them at the border and welcomed Ozma with great respect, being very pleased by her safe return.
The Munchkin king entertained them at his palace that night, and in the morning they set out for the Emerald City, travelling over a road of yellow brick that led straight to the jewel-studded gates.
You are welcome, most noble Sorceress, to the land of the Munchkins.
She has held all the Munchkins in bondage for many years, making them slave for her night and day.