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[muhnch-kin] /ˈmʌntʃ kɪn/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a small person, especially one who is dwarfish or elfin in appearance.
after the Munchkins, a dwarflike race portrayed in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and other fantasy novels Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for munchkin


(informal, mainly US) an undersized person or a child, esp an appealing one
a breed of medium-sized cat with short legs
Word Origin
C20: from the Munchkins, a dwarfish race of people in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for munchkin
1900, coined by L. Frank Baum in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." He never explained how he got the word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for munchkin



A low-ranking employee, staff member, etc; a menial: Justice Department spokesman Thomas De Cair sniffed that Honegger was ''a low-level Munchkin''/ Most of the munchkins, junior campaign aides, won't make it to the transition staff

[1970s+; fr the name of the dwarfish helpers in L Frank Baum's 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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munchkin in Technology

/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.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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