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Friday word: Diminutive

Diminutive (adj.):

1: indicating small size and sometimes the state or quality of being familiarly known, lovable, pitiable, or contemptible —used of affixes (as -ette, -kin, -ling) and of words formed with them (as kitchenette, manikin, duckling), of clipped forms (as Jim), and of altered forms (as Peggy) — compare augmentative

2: exceptionally or notably small : tiny

Examples:

a radio with a diminutive set of speakers
the diminutive suffixes “-ette” and “-ling”

Etymology:

Middle English diminutif, from Medieval Latin diminutivum, alteration of Late Latin deminutivum, from neuter of deminutivus, adjective, from deminutus, past participle of deminuere, diminish, lessen

First Known Use: 14th century
Tags: adjective, d, latin, wordsmith: med_cat
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