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pygmy

noun pyg·my \ˈpig-mē\

Simple Definition of pygmy

  • Pygmy : a member of a group of very small people who live in Africa

  • : a person who is regarded as very weak, stupid, etc.

Full Definition of pygmy

plural pygmies also pigmies

  1. 1 often capitalized :  any of a race of dwarfs described by ancient Greek authors

  2. 2 capitalized :  any of a small people of equatorial Africa ranging under five feet (1.5 meters) in height

  3. 3 a (1) :  an unusually small person (2) :  an insignificant or unimpressive person <an intellectual pygmy> b :  something very small of its kind

pygmy adjective

Examples of pygmy

  1. <hummingbirds may be the pygmies of the avian world, but what they lack in size they make up for in beauty>

  2. <regrettably, most of the candidates for the party's nomination that year were political pygmies>



Variants of pygmy

also pig·my \ˈpig-mē\

Origin of pygmy

Middle English pigmei, from Latin pygmaeus of a pygmy, dwarfish, from Greek pygmaios, from pygmē fist, measure of length — more at pungent


First Known Use: 14th century


PYGMY Defined for Kids

pygmy

adjective pyg·my \ˈpig-mē\

Definition of pygmy

  1. :  smaller than the usual size <a pygmy goat>




Medical Dictionary

pygmy

noun pyg·my

Medical Definition of pygmy

plural pygmies also pigmies

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of a small people of equatorial Africa ranging under five feet (1.5 meters) in height

  2. 2:  a relatively short or small individual :  dwarf

  3. pygmy adjective



Variants of pygmy

also pig·my \ˈpig-mē\play


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