What does the word diminutive mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Diminutively.

  • Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Small; little.

Usage examples for diminutive

  1. 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
  2. The diminutive butler made a pitiful attempt at his usual grin. – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart