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English

Etymology

Diminutive of midge (from Old English mygg, mycg (gnat), from Proto-Germanic *mugjon, (cognate with Dutch mug (mosquito) & German Mücke (midge, gnat)), using the suffix -et, originally (1865) for a "little sand fly" , only around 1869 also a "very small person".

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
midget

Plural
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A little sand-fly.
    Although tiny and just two-winged, midgets can bite you manyfold till you itch all over your unprotected skin
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge
  3. A normally proportioned person with small stature, usually defined as reaching an adult height less than 4'10".
  4. (derogatory) A short person.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) That is a small version of something; miniature
    the midget pony

Usage notes

  • Used for an insect, this is an variation on midge that is incorrect but commonly used.

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (derogatory: any small person): giant
  • (miniature): giant

Translations

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loosely: a midge See midge

References

  • "midget" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001 [1]

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