midgetism

midget

[mij-it]
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:
1850–55; midge + -et

midgetism, noun


1. See dwarf.
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midget (ˈmɪdʒɪt)
 
n
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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midget
1865, "little sand fly," from midge + dim. suffix -et. Transferred sense of "very small person" is from 1869.
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midget midg·et (mĭj'ĭt)
n.
A person of extremely small stature who is otherwise normally proportioned. Now considered offensive.

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