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Etymology

[Before 900] From Middle English dwerf, Old English dweorh and dweorg. Compare Dutch dwerg, German Zwerg, Low Saxon Dwarg, and Old Norse dvergr.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
dwarf

Plural
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  1. A person with short stature, often one whose limbs are disproportionately small in relation to the body as compared with normal adults, usually as the result of a genetic condition.
  2. An animal, plant or other thing much smaller than the usual of its sort.
  3. A creature from folklore, usually depicted as having mystical powers and being skilled at crafts such as woodwork and metalworking. Especially often found in Scandinavian folklore. Sometimes pluralized dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.
  4. (astronomy) A star of relatively small size.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An underground dwelling nature spirit famed for metalcraft in Heathenry.

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Adjective

dwarf

  1. miniature

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Verb

Infinitive
to dwarf

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to dwarf (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make (to appear) much smaller; to render puny or tiny
    The newly-built skyscraper dwarfs the older buildings that make up the rest of downtown.
    Bach dwarfs all other composers.

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