half-pint

noun
\ ˈhaf-ˌpīnt How to pronounce half-pint (audio) , 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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The first known use of half-pint was in the 15th century

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“Half-pint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-pint. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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