ETYM Old Eng. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to Dutch dwerg, Mid. High Germ. twerc, German zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Swed. and Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.
(Irregular plural: dwarves or dwarfs).
A person who is abnormally small; SYN. midget.
ETYM AS. aelf, ylf; akin to Mid. High Germ. alp, German alp nightmare, incubus, Icel. âlfr elf, Swed. alf, elfva; cf. Skr. orbhu skillful, artful, rabh to grasp. Related to Auf, Oaf.
(Folklore) Fairies that are somewhat mischievous; SYN. hob, gremlin, pixie, pixy, brownie, imp.
(Irregular plural: elves).
Small mischievous creature (also about a child); fairy, sprite, gnome (Folklore)
ETYM OD. manneken, dim. of man man. Related to Man, and -kin.
1. A model of the human body, made of papier-mache or other material, commonly in detachable pieces.
2. A little man.
Dwarf; Medicine, anatomical model; mannequin.
ETYM Dim. of midge.
1. A very samll person.
2. A dwarf.
ETYM French minime, Latin minimus the least, smallest, a superl. of minor: cf. Italian minima a note in music. Related to Minor, Minimum.
1. A British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 1/60th fluid dram or 0.059194 cubic centimeters.
2. A United States liquid unit equal to 1/60 fluidram.
Unit of liquid volume equal to 1/480 fluid ounces.
ETYM Latin pygmaeus, Greek, from pygmaios the fist, a measure of length, the distance from the elbow to the knuckles, about 131 inches. Related to Pugnacious, Fist.
1. A person of small stature, belonging to certain African ethnic groups, originally living in the equatorial forests; SYN. pigmy.
2. An unusually small individual; SYN. pigmy.
A very small or puny person or thing