smallness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From small +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

smallness (countable and uncountable, plural smallnesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being small.
    His smallness didn't bother him, except when he needed something off the top shelf.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. []. Chapter III.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, [] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, [], London: Printed for Hen[ry] Brome [], OCLC 48702491; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388, page 136:
      The exiguity and ſmallneſſe of ſome ſeeds extending to large productions is one of the magnalities of nature, ſomewhat illuſtrating the work of the Creation, and vaſt production from nothing.
  2. (countable) The result or product of being small.

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