hop-o'-my-thumb

noun
\ ˌhä-pə-mə-ˈthəm How to pronounce hop-o'-my-thumb (audio) \

Definition of hop-o'-my-thumb

: a very small person

First Known Use of hop-o'-my-thumb

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hop-o'-my-thumb

earlier hop on my thumb, imperative issued to one supposedly small enough to be held in the hand

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“Hop-o'-my-thumb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hop-o%27-my-thumb. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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