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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.

diminutive

(dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv)
adj
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
n
3. (Grammar) grammar a diminutive word or affix
4. a tiny person or thing
Compare (for senses 2, 3): augmentative
diminutival adj
diˈminutively adv
diˈminutiveness n

di•min•u•tive

(dɪˈmɪn yə tɪv)

adj.
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]
di•min′u•tive•ly, adv.
di•min′u•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diminutive - a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
Adj.1.diminutive - very smalldiminutive - 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"

diminutive

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

diminutive

adjective
Translations
شَديد الصِّغَر
drobnýmaličkýzdrobnělina
diminutivmeget lille
diminutiivimitätönpienentääpikkuruinenvähäinen
deminutivumanjenica
pöttöm
agnarlítill, örsmár
diminutiefkleinverkleinendverkleinwoord
drobnýmaličkýzdrobnenina

diminutive

[dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv]
A. ADJ
1. (= very small) → diminuto
2. (Ling) → diminutivo
B. N (Ling) → diminutivo m

diminutive

[dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv]
adj (= very small) → minuscule, tout(e) petit(e)
n (= shortened form) [word, name] → diminutif m

diminutive

adjwinzig, klein; (Gram) → diminutiv
n (Gram) → Verkleinerungsform f, → Diminutiv(um) nt; (of name)Kurzform f

diminutive

[dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv]
1. adj (frm) → minuto/a, minuscolo/a
2. n (Gram) → diminutivo

diminution

(dimiˈnjuːʃən) noun
lessening. a diminution in the birth rate.
diminutive (diˈminjutiv) adjective
very small. a diminutive child.

diminutive

n. diminutivo;
a. diminuto-a, pequeño-a.
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