Lilliputian

Lilliputian

[lil-i-pyoo-shuhn]
adjective
1.
extremely small; tiny; diminutive.
2.
petty; trivial: Our worries are Lilliputian when compared with those of people whose nations are at war.
noun
3.
an inhabitant of Lilliput.
4.
a very small person.
5.
a person who is narrow or petty in outlook.

Origin:
1726; Lilliput + -ian

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Lilliputian (ˌlɪlɪˈpjuːʃɪən)
 
n
1.  a tiny person or being
 
adj
2.  tiny; very small
3.  petty or trivial
 
[C18: from Lilliput, an imaginary country of tiny inhabitants in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726)]

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Lilliputian
"diminutive, tiny," lit. "pertaining to Lilliput, the fabulous island whose inhabitants were six inches high, coined by Swift in "Gulliver's Travels" (1726).
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