noun, often attributive
midg·​et | \ ˈmi-jət How to pronounce midget (audio) \

Definition of midget

1 : something (such as an animal) much smaller than usual
2 sometimes offensive : a very small person and especially one of unusually small size
3 : a front-engine, single-seat, open-wheel racing car smaller and of less engine displacement than standard cars of the type

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Examples of midget in a Sentence

a breed that is the midget of the horse world

First Known Use of midget

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of midget was in 1816

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“Midget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midget. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of midget

often offensive : a very small person


noun, sometimes offensive
midg·​et | \ ˈmi-jət How to pronounce midget (audio) \

Kids Definition of midget

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is much smaller than normal
Hint: In the past, this word was not considered offensive. In recent years, however, some people have come to find the word hurtful, and you may offend someone by using it.



Kids Definition of midget (Entry 2 of 2)

: much smaller than usual or normal a midget horse


midg·​et | \ ˈmij-ət How to pronounce midget (audio) \

Medical Definition of midget

sometimes offensive
: a very small person and especially one of unusually small size

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