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de- + big + -(ul)ate. From a fictional shrink ray called The Debigulator, featured in the 1996 episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" of the American animated television series The Simpsons.


debigulate (third-person singular simple present debigulates, present participle debigulating, simple past and past participle debigulated)

  1. (rare, humorous) To reduce or shrink; to make or become smaller.
    Synonym: ensmallen
    Antonym: embiggen
    • 2000 February 27, Ben Mann, “Re: X'tapolapocetl (Quetzelsacatanango?)”, in[1] (Usenet):
      > think moe will get his ears enlarged 2.27.00?
      No, he'll get them debigulated.
    • 2002 October 22, Ed, “Button to enlarge or debigulate size of text?”, in netscape.public.mozilla.wishlist[2] (Usenet):
    • 2008 May 13, Ron Newcomb, “I7: Dynamic Tables extension for Glulx”, in[3] (Usenet):
      Does debigulating a table first delete blank rows? (I don't know if blank rows are always at the end or not.)
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:debigulate.