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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 di·min·u·tive /dəˈmɪnjətɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Di·min·u·tive a.
 1. Below the average size; very small; little.
 2. Expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word.
 3. Tending to diminish. [R.]
    Diminutive of liberty.   --Shaftesbury.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : very small; "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of
            drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"; "the
            flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"
            [syn: bantam, lilliputian, midget, petite, tiny,
      n : a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin)
          to indicate smallness