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or pig·my  (pĭg′mē)
n. & adj.
Variants of Pygmy.


n, pl -mies
(Peoples) a variant spelling of Pygmy


or Pigmy

(ˈpɪg mi)

n., pl. -mies,
adj. n.
a. a member of any of several small-statured peoples of Africa, esp. the forested regions of central Africa.
b. a Negrito of SE Asia, or of the Andaman or Philippine islands.
2. (l.c.) a small or dwarfish person.
3. (l.c.) anything very small of its kind.
4. (l.c.) a person of small importance or lacking in some important quality, attribute, etc.
5. (sometimes l.c.) of or pertaining to the Pygmies.
6. (l.c.) of very small size, capacity, power, etc.
[1350–1400; Middle English pigmēis, pl. of pigmē < Latin Pygmaeus < Greek pygmaîos dwarfish, a member of a legendary race of dwarflike people =pygm(ḗ) distance from elbow to knuckles + -aios adj. suffix]
pyg′moid, adj.
pyg′my•ism, n.
syn: See dwarf.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigmy - an unusually small individualpigmy - an unusually small individual  
small person - a person of below average size
2.Pigmy - any member of various peoples having an average height of less than five feet
small person - a person of below average size


also pigmy



(ˈpigmi) plural ˈpygmies ~ˈpigmies noun
a member of an African race of very small people.
References in classic literature ?
What does the giant say to the pigmy?' inquired Arthur Gride, hobbling up to Ralph.
He grew small and smaller till he became a bobbing pigmy, away down toward the bottom--then disappeared.
He and the mender of roads sat on the heap of stones looking silently at one another, with the hail driving in between them like a pigmy charge of bayonets, until the sky began to clear over the village.