noun, often attributive \ˈdwrf\
plural dwarfs \ˈdwrfs\ also dwarves \ˈdwrvz\

Definition of DWARF

a :  a person of unusually small stature; especially :  one whose bodily proportions are abnormal
b :  an insignificant person <a literary dwarf>
:  an animal or plant much below normal size
:  a small legendary manlike being who is usually misshapen and ugly and skilled as a craftsman
:  a star (as the sun) of ordinary or low luminosity and relatively small mass and size
dwarf·ish \ˈdwr-fish\ adjective
dwarf·ish·ly adverb
dwarf·ish·ness noun
dwarf·like \ˈdwrf-ˌlīk\ adjective
dwarf·ness \ˈdwrf-nəs\ noun

Examples of DWARF

  1. <Shetland ponies are the dwarfs of the horse world.>
  2. <Snow White and the seven dwarfs.>

Origin of DWARF

Middle English dwerg, dwerf, from Old English dweorg, dweorh; akin to Old High German twerg dwarf
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix

Rhymes with DWARF



: to make (something) look very small or unimportant when compared with something else

Full Definition of DWARF

transitive verb
:  to restrict the growth of :  stunt
:  to cause to appear smaller or to seem inferior <has dwarfed the achievements of her predecessors>
intransitive verb
:  to become smaller

Examples of DWARF

  1. <shrubs dwarfed by the lack of water>

First Known Use of DWARF

circa 1626



of a plant or animal : smaller than normal size

Full Definition of DWARF

of a plant
:  low-growing in habit <dwarfer forms of citrus>

First Known Use of DWARF


Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem


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