Dwarf, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dwarfed p. pr. & vb. n. Dwarfing.] To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt.
Even the most common moral ideas and affections . . . would be stunted and dwarfed, if cut off from a spiritual background. --J. C. Shairp.