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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".
- Rhymes: -ɪdʒɪt
- (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
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge
- A normally proportioned person with small stature, usually defined as reaching an adult height less than 4'10".
- (derogatory) A short person.
- (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) That is a small version of something; miniature
- the midget pony
- Used for an insect, this is an variation on midge that is incorrect but commonly used.
- (person below 4'10"): dwarf (loosely)
- (derogatory: any small person): dwarf, short-arse, shortie/shorty, tich/titch, vertically challenged person (humorous)
- (miniature): dwarf
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loosely: a midge See midge
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