μικρός

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Traditionally derived from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meyg-, *(s)mēyg- (small, thin, delicate), thereby cognate with e.g. Old English smicor (beauteous, beautiful, elegant, fair, fine, tasteful), whence modern English smicker; compare also German mickrig. However this etymology leaves the /k/ of the Greek forms unexplained.

Beekes argues for Pre-Greek origin on the basis of variation between initial /m/ and /sm/, as well as the variant forms μικός (mikós) and μικκός (mikkós).

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μῑκρός (mīkrósm (feminine μῑκρᾱ́, neuter μῑκρόν); first/second declension

  1. little, small
    1. (amount) a little of
    2. (importance) petty, trivial, insignificant
    3. (time) short, brief
    4. (age) young

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μῑκρός (mīkrós, small, insignificant).

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  • IPA(key): [miˈkro̞s]
  • Hyphenation: μι‧κρός

Adjective[edit]

μικρός (mikrósm (feminine μικρή or μικρά, neuter μικρό)

  1. small, little
  2. short (in length)
    • 1980, Michalis Bourboulis (lyrics), Ilias Andriopoulos (music), “Μην Κλαις [Don't Cry]”, in Λαϊκά Προάστια [Popular Suburbs], performed by Sotiria Bellou:
      Τα καλοκαίρια μας μικρά,
      κι ατέλειωτοι οι χειμώνες.
      Ta kalokaíria mas mikrá,
      ki atéleiotoi oi cheimónes.
      Our summers short,
      and our winters endless.
  3. young

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μικρός (mikrósm (plural μικροί)

  1. (anatomy) little finger
  2. boy

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