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n. pl. dwarfs or dwarves (dwôrvz)
a. A person with a usually genetic disorder resulting in atypically short stature and often disproportionate limbs.
b. An atypically small animal or plant.
2. A small creature resembling a human, often having magical powers, appearing in legends and fairy tales.
3. A dwarf star.
v. dwarfed, dwarf·ing, dwarfs
1. To check the natural growth or development of; stunt: "The oaks were dwarfed from lack of moisture" (John Steinbeck).
2. To cause to appear small by comparison: "Together these two big men dwarfed the tiny Broadway office" (Saul Bellow).
To become stunted or grow smaller.

[Middle English dwerf, from Old English dweorh.]

dwarf′ish adj.
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(ˈdwɔr fɪʃ)

like a dwarf, esp. in being abnormally small; diminutive.
dwarf′ish•ly, adv.
dwarf′ish•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dwarfish - atypically small; "dwarf tree"; "dwarf star"
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"
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References in classic literature ?
The painter, the sculptor, the composer, the epic rhapsodist, the orator, all partake one desire, namely to express themselves symmetrically and abundantly, not dwarfishly and fragmentarily.
Zarathustra's ambivalence about his knowledge concerns the eternal recurrence of the dwarfishly small human.