bedwarf

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

be- +‎ dwarf

Verb[edit]

bedwarf (third-person singular simple present bedwarfs, present participle bedwarfing, simple past and past participle bedwarfed)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To make a dwarf of; to stunt or hinder the growth of; to dwarf.
    • a. 1631, J[ohn] Donne, Poems, [] with Elegies on the Authors Death, London: [] M[iles] F[lesher] for Iohn Marriot, [], published 1633, OCLC 1008264503:
      Tis shrinking, not close weaving, that hath thus In mind and body both bedwarfed us.