(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.

1850–55; midge + -et

midgetism, noun

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

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Word Origin & History

1865, "little sand fly," from midge + dim. suffix -et. Transferred sense of "very small person" is from 1869.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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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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Example sentences
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.
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