little person

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little person (plural little people or little persons)

  1. (euphemistic) A person with dwarfism, or short stature resulting from a medical condition.
    • 2012, Vera Chouinard, Edward Hall, Robert Wilton, Towards Enabling Geographies, page 188:
      Here, the amount of personal space that is acknowledged for a little person is similar to that of a child.
  2. (fantasy) A small magical humanoid creature, such as an elf, leprechaun, or fairy.
    • 1961, Muriel Saint Clare Byrne, Elizabethan Life in Town and Country, page 285:
      His nurse had told him all about changelings, and how the little people would always try to steal a beautiful human child out of its cradle and put in its stead one of their own ailing, puking brats []
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see little,‎ person.


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