Misspelling of diminutive.
(obsolete) Serving to diminish.
(grammar) Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
(grammar) A word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
‘Booklet, the diminutive of book, means ‘small book’.’;
Below the average size; very small; little.
Expressing diminution; as, a diminutive word.
Tending to diminish.
‘Diminutive of liberty.’;
Something of very small size or value; an insignificant thing.
‘Such water flies, diminutives of nature.’;
A derivative from a noun, denoting a small or a young object of the same kind with that denoted by the primitive; as, gosling, eaglet, lambkin.
‘Babyisms and dear diminutives.’;
a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness
‘diminutive in stature’; ‘a lilliputian chest of drawers’; ‘her petite figure’; ‘tiny feet’; ‘the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy’;
A diminutive is a root word that has been modified to convey a slighter degree of its root meaning, to convey the smallness of the object or quality named, or to convey a sense of intimacy or endearment. A diminutive form (abbreviated DIM) is a word-formation device used to express such meanings.