diminutiveness

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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