What does the word diminutive mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by J. Henri Fabre
  3. The diminutive butler made a pitiful attempt at his usual grin. – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
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