Definition of diminutive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈmɪnjətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɪnjətɪv//
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(formal) very small She was a diminutive figure beside her husband. He exercised frequently, trying to add strength to his diminutive body. Word Originlate Middle English (as a grammatical term): from Old French diminutif, -ive, from late Latin diminutivus, from Latin deminut- ‘diminished’, from the verb deminuere, from minuere ‘make small’.
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