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[mij-it] /ˈmɪdʒ ɪt/
(not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.
any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.
very small or of a class below the usual size.
being a miniature replica or model.
Origin of midget
1850-55; midge + -et
Related forms
midgetism, noun
1. See dwarf. Unabridged
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  • Both were undeniably more skillful at handling the midget platforms than any of us men.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • After this you can leave that midget of yours in her care, Katherine.

    Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • "Maybe you didn't see 'em at their best," replied the midget quietly.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • The first cast of my midget flies across the pool brought no answer.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • "Look here," said the midget, who had been browsing around the cabin.

    A Voyage with Captain Dynamite Charles Edward Rich
  • "Well, that solves the problem," said the midget, gleefully.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • "Gillis Station," he called out to the midget who had remained very quiet.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for midget


a dwarf whose skeleton and features are of normal proportions
  1. something small of its kind
  2. (as modifier): a midget car
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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midget in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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