munchkin

munchkin

[muhnch-kin]
noun (often initial capital letter)
a small person, especially one who is dwarfish or elfin in appearance.

Origin:
after the Munchkins, a dwarflike race portrayed in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and other fantasy novels

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munchkin (ˈmʌntʃkɪn)
 
n
1.  informal chiefly (US) an undersized person or a child, esp an appealing one
2.  a breed of medium-sized cat with short legs
 
[C20: from the Munchkins, a dwarfish race of people in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)]

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Munchkin
1900, coined by L. Frank Baum in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." He never explained how he got the word.
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munchkin definition

[ˈməntʃkən]
  1. n.
    a small or insignificant person. : You're not going to let that munchkin push you around, are you?
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munchkin definition


/muhnch'kin/ [Squeaky-voiced little people in L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz"] A teenage-or-younger micro enthusiast hacking BASIC or something else equally constricted. A term of mild derision - munchkins are annoying but some grow up to be hackers after passing through a larval stage. The term urchin is also used. See also wannabee, bitty box.
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