Definition of Diminutive. Meaning of Diminutive. Synonyms of Diminutive

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Definition of Diminutive

Diminutive
Diminutive Di*min"u*tive, a. [Cf. L. deminutivus, F. diminutif.] 1. Below the average size; very small; little. 2. Expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word. 3. Tending to diminish. [R.] Diminutive of liberty. --Shaftesbury.
Diminutive
Diminutive Di*min"u*tive, n. 1. Something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing. Such water flies, diminutives of nature. --Shak. 2. (Gram.) A derivative from a noun, denoting a small or a young object of the same kind with that denoted by the primitive; as, gosling, eaglet, lambkin. Babyisms and dear diminutives. --Tennyson. Note: The word sometimes denotes a derivative verb which expresses a diminutive or petty form of the action, as scribble.

Meaning of Diminutive from wikipedia

- A diminutive is a word that has been modified to convey a slighter degree of its root meaning, to convey the smallness of the object or quality named,...
- The following is a list of diminutives by language. English has a great variety of historic diminutives adopted from other languages but many of these...
- (diminutive), Jacot (diminutive), Jacotte (feminized), Jaco (diminutive), Jack (diminutive), Jacky (diminutive), Jacq (diminutive), Jacquy (diminutive)...
- "reminds us how amorphous [pop] has become", describing her soprano as "too diminutive for vocal calisthenics", adding that her "playful version of teen-goth...
- Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 0-7478-0660-8. The proportions of the ordinaries and diminutives to the shield have been defined but are not rigid and are secondary to...
- "scroll" and came to be used as the ordinary word for "book". It is the diminutive of βύβλος byblos, "Egyptian papyrus", possibly so called from the name...
- meaning "cycle or circle of little animals". Zōidion (ζῴδιον) is the diminutive of zōion (ζῷον, "animal"). The name reflects the prominence of animals...
- The diminutive woodrat (Nelsonia neotomodon) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is endemic to Mexico. Castro-Arellano, I. & Álvarez-Castañeda...
- Diminutive forms of words are commonly used in every-day Australian English. While many dialects of English make use of diminutives, Australian English...
- Augustine is a masculine given name derived from the Latin word augere, meaning "to increase." The Latin form Augustinus is developed from Augustus which...
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