Diminutive of midge (from Old English mygg, mycg (“gnat”), from Proto-Germanic *mugjō; cognate with Dutch mug (“mosquito”) & German Mücke (“midge, gnat”)), using the suffix -et, originally (1865) for a "little sand fly", only around 1869 also a "very small person".
midget (plural midgets)
- (originally) A little sandfly.
- Although tiny and just two-winged, midgets can bite you manyfold till you itch all over your unprotected skin
- (loosely) Any small swarming insect similar to the mosquito; a midge
- A normally proportioned person with small stature, usually defined as reaching an adult height less than 4'10". [from later 19th c.]
- (sometimes derogatory) Any short person.
- (attributively) That is a small version of something; miniature
- the midget pony
- Used for an insect, this is a variation on midge that is incorrect but commonly used.
- (person below 4'10"): dwarf (loosely)
- (derogatory: any small person): dwarf, short-arse, shortie/shorty, tich/titch, vertically challenged person (humorous)
- (swarming insect): midge
- (miniature): dwarf
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loosely: a midge See midge