Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week. To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link).
I’m looking at the letter D this week.
I’m still in the middle of my Malta posts. Back to those soon . . .
So, here is my WOW for this week:
di·min·u·tive [dih-min-yuh-tiv] (dɪˈmɪn yə tɪv)
Part of Speech:
- adj. Extremely or extraordinarily small:
2. n. Grammar: Of or being a suffix that indicates smallness or qualities such a youth, familiarity, affection – or even contempt. Egs: -let in booklet, -kin in lambkin, or -et in nymphet, or – ette, as in kitchenette.
3. A diminutive suffix, word or name, e.g. Maggie for Margaret, Tommy /Tommie for Thomas. (My son, Thomas – fifth ‘child’ now 34 – positively refuses to answer to Tommy!)
4. n. A very small person or thing (persons in this example):
1350-1400; Middle English diminutif, from Old French, from Latin dīminutīvus, from dīminūtus, past participle of dīminuere.
small, little, tiny, minute, pocket-sized, mini, wee, miniature, petite, midget, undersized, teeny-weeny, Lilliputian, bantam, teensy-weensy, pygmy, flyspeck
big, enormous, giant, huge, immense, important, large, tall
Use in a Sentence:
- We emerged from the pine forest into an open space, with a diminutive loch, little more than a pond, at the centre of it:
2. The body of the female Giant House Spider can reach 18.5 mm (0.73 in) in length, with that of the male being much more diminutive at 12.7 mm (1.5 in):
3. In the silent room at one minute to midnight on Christmas Eve, the diminutive green-clad elf hopped down from the Christmas tree, ready to help Santa unload his toys when he came down the chimney:
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