Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

noun
1.
a diminutive hero of folk tales.
2.
an extremely small person; dwarf.
3.
General, nickname of Charles Sherwood Stratton.
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Tom Thumb
 
n
1.  General, stage name of Charles Stratton. 1838--83, US midget, exhibited in P. T. Barnum's circus
2.  a dwarf; midget
 
[after Tom Thumb, the tiny hero of several English folk tales]

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Tom Thumb definition


A thumb-sized hero of children's stories from the sixteenth century on.

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