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diminutive

di·min·u·tive

diminutive

 
pronunciation:
dih mIn y tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: very small; tiny.
The infant wiggled its diminutive toes.
synonyms:
Lilliputian, tiny, wee
antonyms:
enormous, giant
similar words:
bantam, dwarfish, little, midget, miniature, minute, puny, short, small, stunted
definition 2: in grammar, pertaining to an affix or word form that indicates smallness or familiarity, or denoting a word, name, or construction so marked.
a diminutive suffixthe diminutive form "Johnny" of "John"
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one that is tiny.
synonyms:
Lilliputian
antonyms:
giant
similar words:
animalcule, dwarf, half pint, homunculus, midget, miniature, pygmy, runt
definition 2: in grammar, a diminutive word, name, construction, or affix such as "Becky" or the suffix "-ette" as in "diskette".
similar words:
cognomen, nickname, sobriquet
derivations: diminutively (adj.), diminutiveness (n.)
Word Parts
The word diminutive contains the following part:
min Latin root that means small; make smaller
synonyms:
micro-
antonyms:
magn, magna, magni, maxi, mega, megal, megalo, -megaly, macro-