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midget

[mij-it] /ˈmɪdʒ ɪt/
noun
1.
(not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.
2.
any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.
adjective
3.
very small or of a class below the usual size.
4.
being a miniature replica or model.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; midge + -et
Related forms
midgetism, noun
Synonyms
1. See dwarf.
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Examples for midget
  • The midget-faded rattlesnake, a small subspecies of the western rattlesnake, has extremely toxic venom.
  • The ball dribbled a few feet, and the midget was thrown out.
  • The midget may have died somewhere, but it may have not died in this box.
  • He had a bunch of midget plants in test tubes with timers on them.
  • One character is a cab-driving nun, another is a midget wrestler.
  • He introduces the leprechauns-the midget boxers dressed all in green, carrying pots of gold.
  • The midget-faded rattlesnake, a subspecies of the western rattlesnake, is the only poisonous snake found in the monument.
  • Discard contents of midget bubbler and first impinger.
  • Collect contents of midget impingers in prescription bottles.
British Dictionary definitions for midget

midget

/ˈmɪdʒɪt/
noun
1.
a dwarf whose skeleton and features are of normal proportions
2.
  1. something small of its kind
  2. (as modifier) a midget car
3.
(Canadian) an age level of 16 to 17 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
Word Origin
C19: from midge + -et
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Word Origin and History for midget
n.

as a type of tiny biting insect, 1839, American English, from midge, perhaps with diminutive suffix -et.

Dr. Webster is in error in saying the word "midge" is "not in use" at the present day. In the neighboring Green mountain districts, one or more most annoying species of Simulium that there abound, are daily designated in common conversation as the midges, or, as the name is often corrupted, the midgets. From Dr. Harris' treatise it appears that the same name is in popular use for the same insects in Maine. The term is limited in this country, we believe, exclusively to those minute insects, smaller than the musketoe, which suck the blood of other animals. ["Transactions of the New-York State Agricultural Society," vol. VI, Albany, 1847]
Transferred sense of "very small person" is attested by 1854. It is also noted mid-19c. as a pet form of Margaret.

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midget in Medicine

midget midg·et (mĭj'ĭt)
n.
A person of extremely small stature who is otherwise normally proportioned. Now considered offensive.

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Encyclopedia Article for midget

in human anatomy, a person of very small stature whose bodily proportions, intelligence, and sexual development are within the normal range. Diminutive stature occurs sporadically in families the rest of whose members are of ordinary size. The children of midgets are usually of ordinary height and proportions. This term is often considered pejorative; the term proportionate dwarf is now preferred. See dwarfism; Pygmy.

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