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dwarf

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noun, often attributive \ˈdwȯrf\

Definition of dwarf

plural

dwarfs

play \ˈdwȯrfs\ also

dwarves

play \ˈdwȯrvz\
  1. 1a :  a person of unusually small stature (see stature 1); especially :  a person whose height does not exceed 4' 10" and is typically less than 4' 5"b :  an insignificant person a literary dwarf

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

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

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

dwarfish

play \ˈdwȯr-fish\ adjective

dwarfishly

adverb

dwarfishness

noun

dwarflike

play \ˈdwȯrf-ˌlīk\ adjective

dwarfness

play \ˈdwȯrf-nəs\ noun

Examples of dwarf in a Sentence

  1. Shetland ponies are the dwarfs of the horse world.

  2. Snow White and the seven dwarfs.

Origin and Etymology 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


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dwarf

verb

Definition of dwarf

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to restrict the growth of :  stunt children dwarfed by malnutrition

  3. 2 :  to cause to appear smaller or to seem inferior dwarfed by his older brother has dwarfed the achievements of her predecessors

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become smaller

Examples of dwarf in a Sentence

  1. shrubs dwarfed by the lack of water

Origin and Etymology of dwarf

see 1dwarf


First Known Use: circa 1626


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dwarf

adjective

Definition of dwarf

of a plant

  1. :  low-growing in habit a dwarf peach tree dwarfer forms of citrus

Origin and Etymology of dwarf

see 1dwarf


First Known Use: 1597


DWARF Defined for English Language Learners

dwarf

verb

Definition of dwarf for English Language Learners

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

dwarf

adjective

Definition of dwarf for English Language Learners

  • of a plant or animal : smaller than normal size


DWARF Defined for Kids

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dwarf

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noun \ˈdwȯrf\

Definition of dwarf for Students

plural

dwarfs

\ˈdwȯrfs\ also

dwarves

\ˈdwȯrvz\
  1. 1 :  a person, animal, or plant much smaller than normal size

  2. 2 :  a creature in legends that is usually pictured as a small person who is skilled at some craft


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dwarf

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verb

Definition of dwarf for Students

dwarfed

;

dwarfing

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


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dwarf

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adjective

Definition of dwarf for Students

  1. :  of less than the usual size dwarf pine trees


Medical Dictionary

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dwarf

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noun , often attributive \ˈdwȯ(ə)rf\

Medical Definition of dwarf

plural

dwarfs

\ˈdwȯ(ə)rfs\play also

dwarves

\ˈdwȯ(ə)rvz\play
  1. 1:  a person of unusually small stature; especially :  a person whose height does not exceed 4 feet 10 inches (1.47 meters) and is typically less than 4 feet 5 inches (1.35 meters)

  2. 2:  an animal much below normal size


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dwarf

transitive verb

Medical Definition of dwarf

  1. :  to restrict the growth of :  stunt



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