minikin

noun

min·​i·​kin ˈmi-ni-kən How to pronounce minikin (audio)
: a small or dainty creature
minikin adjective

Word History

Etymology

obsolete Dutch minneken darling, ultimately from Middle Dutch minne love, beloved; akin to Old English gemynd mind, memory — more at mind

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minikin was in 1761

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Cite this Entry

“Minikin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minikin. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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