diminutive
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /dɪˈmɪn.jʊ.tɪv/, /dəˈmɪn.jə.tɪv/
Adjective

diminutive

  1. Very small.
    Synonyms: lilliputian, tiny
    Antonyms: huge, gigantic
  2. (obsolete) Serving to diminish.
    • 1711, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, 1714 edition republished by Gregg International Publishers, 1968, Volume 3, Miscellany 3, Chapter 2, p. 175,
      They cou’d, perhaps, even embrace POVERTY contentedly, rather than submit to any thing diminutive either of their inward Freedom or national Liberty.
  3. (grammar) Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
    Antonyms: augmentative
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diminutive (plural diminutives)

  1. (grammar) A word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
    Synonyms: nomen deminutivum, pet form
    Antonyms: augmentative
    Booklet, the diminutive of book, means ‘small book’.
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