diminutive (adj.)

late 14c., in grammar, "expressing something small or little," from Old French diminutif (14c.) and directly from Latin diminutivus, earlier deminutivus, from deminut-, past-participle stem of deminuere "lessen, diminish," from de- "completely" (see de-) + minuere "make small" (from PIE root *mei- (2) "small"). Meaning "small, little, narrow, contracted" is from c. 1600.

As a noun, in grammar, late 14c., "derivative word denoting a small or inferior example of what is meant by the word it is derived from." Related: Diminutively; diminutiveness.

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Definitions of diminutive from WordNet
diminutive (n.)
a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness;
diminutive (adj.)
very small;
diminutive in stature
Synonyms: bantam / lilliputian / midget / petite / tiny / flyspeck