diminutive

[dih-min-yuh-tiv]
adjective
1.
small; little; tiny: a diminutive building for a model-train layout.
2.
Grammar. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting smallness, familiarity, affection, or triviality, as the suffix -let, in droplet from drop.
noun
3.
a small thing or person.
4.
Grammar. a diminutive element or formation.
5.
Heraldry. a charge, as an ordinary, smaller in length or breadth than the usual.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin dīminūtīvus, equivalent to Latin dīminūt(us) lessened (for dēminūtus; see diminution) + -īvus -ive

diminutively, adverb
diminutiveness, noun


1. See little.
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diminutive (dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv)
 
adj
1.  very small; tiny
2.  grammar
 a.  denoting an affix added to a word to convey the meaning small or unimportant or to express affection, as for example the suffix -ette in French
 b.  denoting a word formed by the addition of a diminutive affix
 
n
3.  grammar a diminutive word or affix
4.  a tiny person or thing
 
diminutival
 
adj
 
di'minutively
 
adv
 
di'minutiveness
 
n

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diminutive
late 14c., from O.Fr. diminutif (fem. diminutive), from L. diminutivum, from deminuere (see diminish).
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Example sentences
But what is noticeable about Homo floresiensis is how small the brain is, even
  in comparison to the diminutive body.
Scientific inquiry has focused on the utility of the diminutive arms of
  tyrannosaurs for nearly a century.
This diminutive desk needed just a little paint touch-up and a mirror to become
  glamour girl-worthy.
Now, however, this diminutive building - hardly more than a shed - has been
  made anew inside and out.
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