Regarding etymology of munchkin, I believe it is a Germanic diminutive of man, similar to manniquin. 18.104.22.168 16:16, 12 November 2010 (UTC)R.A.Braden
munchkin = kid?
So munchkin has become an endearing term for ones children? I assume the mother in the quote doesn't mean that her kid is unusually short/a dwarf. "My little munchkin will be a preschooler this time next week, and I can hardly stand the wait." —This unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) at 17:28, 30 January 2012.
- It's a nickname for a small person. Children aren't dwarfs, but they are small! Equinox ◑ 17:29, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
- It can mean either "child" or "person of very short stature." But it's important to list these as two distinct senses, rather than combining them into a single "small person" sense, since there are instances in which people use the term munchkin to refer exclusively to children. For example, if someone were to say, "I want my son to spend more time with other munchkins," they wouldn't mean that they want their son to spend more time with a group of small people that potentially includes both children and dwarf adults. Astral (talk) 01:56, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
Regarding the list of examples I referenced from 1996 (posted to UseNet in 1997) the amount was overwhelming... it was a lot of work to type out, but I'm thinking it should probably be cut down to the best examples from that list. I can post the full one here but I'm wondering if there's any choice ones from the 'you ARE a munchkin' list that would be best to use here, or better yet, earlier ones.
There is also apparently an article by Nathan Gribble called "The Munchkin Examined" in 1994 from the second issue of "Interactive Fantasy". I'm not able to find a copy yet to mine a quote from it to use here though. Etym (talk) 09:03, 14 March 2013 (UTC)