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1dwarf

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

Definition of DWARF

1
a :  a person of unusually small stature; especially :  one whose bodily proportions are abnormal
b :  an insignificant person <a literary dwarf>
2
:  an animal or plant much below normal size
3
:  a small legendary manlike being who is usually misshapen and ugly and skilled as a craftsman
4
:  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

2dwarf

verb

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

Full Definition of DWARF

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

3dwarf

adjective

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

1597

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem
DWARFISHLY Defined for Kids

1dwarf

noun \ˈdwrf\
plural dwarfs \ˈdwrfs\ also dwarves \ˈdwrvz\

Definition of DWARF for Kids

1
:  a person, animal, or plant much smaller than normal size
2
:  a creature in legends that is usually pictured as a small person who is skilled at some craft

2dwarf

verb
dwarfeddwarf·ing

Definition of DWARF for Kids

:  to cause to appear smaller <Our car was dwarfed by the giant redwood trees.>

3dwarf

adjective

Definition of DWARF for Kids

:  of less than the usual size <dwarf pine trees>

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