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dwarf

dwarf

 
 
pronunciation:
dworf
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: dwarfs, dwarves
definition 1: a much smaller than average person, esp. if proportioned so that legs are shorter than torso.
synonyms:
homunculus, manikin
antonyms:
giant
similar words:
midget
definition 2: a much smaller than usual plant or animal.
synonyms:
miniature
antonyms:
giant
similar words:
lilliputian, midget, pygmy
definition 3: a magical character of legends, usu. portrayed as a small, ugly, and misshapen little man.
synonyms:
elf, fairy, sprite
antonyms:
giant
similar words:
gnome, goblin, imp, kobold, leprechaun, pixy, troll
definition 4: a dwarf star.
antonyms:
giant
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dwarfed, dwarfing, dwarfs
definition 1: to cause to be small; hinder the growth of; stunt.
synonyms:
stunt
similar words:
arrest, check, hinder, stop, suppress
definition 2: to cause to appear small, by being huge in comparison.
The new skyscraper dwarfed the old buildings beside it.
synonyms:
diminish, overshadow
similar words:
bestride, dominate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become small or fail to grow to usual size.
synonyms:
dwindle
similar words:
abate, contract, decrease, diminish, retard, shrink, shrivel
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derivations: dwarfish (adj.), dwarfishly (adv.), dwarfishness (n.)
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