half-pint

noun
\ ˈhaf-ˌpīnt , ˈhäf- \

Definition of half-pint 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : half a pint

2 : a short, small, or inconsequential person

half-pint

adjective

Definition of half-pint (Entry 2 of 2)

: of less than average size : diminutive

First Known Use of half-pint

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1931, in the meaning defined above

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