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