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dwarf

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noun \ˈdwȯrf\

Definition of dwarf

plural dwarfs play \ˈdwȯrfs\ also dwarves play \ˈdwȯrvz\

  1. 1 a :  a person of unusually small stature; especially :  one whose bodily proportions are abnormal b :  an insignificant person <a literary dwarf>

  2. 2 :  an animal or plant much below normal size

  3. 3 :  a small legendary manlike being who is usually misshapen and ugly and skilled as a craftsman

  4. 4 :  a star (as the sun) of ordinary or low luminosity and relatively small mass and size

dwarf·ish play \ˈdwȯr-fish\ adjective
dwarf·ish·ly adverb
dwarf·ish·ness noun
dwarf·like play \ˈdwȯrf-ˌlīk\ adjective
dwarf·ness play \ˈdwȯrf-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

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dwarf

verb

Simple Definition of dwarf

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

Full Definition of dwarf

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to restrict the growth of :  stunt

  3. 2 :  to cause to appear smaller or to seem inferior <has dwarfed the achievements of her predecessors>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become smaller

Examples of dwarf

  1. <shrubs dwarfed by the lack of water>



Circa 1626

First Known Use of dwarf

circa 1626


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dwarf

adjective

Simple Definition of dwarf

  • of a plant or animal : smaller than normal size

Full Definition of dwarf

of a plant

  1. :  low-growing in habit <dwarfer forms of citrus>

1597

First Known Use of dwarf

1597



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