diminutive

Part of speech: adverb

Diminutively.

Part of speech: noun

DIMINUTIVENESS.

Part of speech: adjective

Small; little.

Part of speech: noun

A derivative word expressive of diminished size; as, duckling.

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Usage examples "diminutive":

  1. In the small of his back the growing pressure of a diminutive bad hat told the condition of his hidden audience. - "John March, Southerner", George W. Cable.
  2. Those cocoons which correspond with the smallest allowance of food contain only a dead and shrivelled larva; others, in whose case the provisions were less markedly decreased, contain females in the adult form, but of very diminutive size, comparable with that of the males, or even smaller. - "More Hunting Wasps", J. Henri Fabre.
  3. The diminutive butler made a pitiful attempt at his usual grin. - "The Bat", Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart.