Definitions of dwarf

  1. a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure
  2. a person who is abnormally small
  3. atypically small; " dwarf tree"; " dwarf star"
  4. check the growth of; " the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines"
  5. make appear small by comparison; " This year's debt dwarves that of last year"
  6. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being.
  7. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt.
  8. To become small; to diminish in size.
  9. A human being, animal, or plant much below the average height.
  10. Of smaller size or height than the average.
  11. To hinder from growing to the natural size.
  12. Dwarfish.
  13. A general name for an animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of the species or kind. When used alone it usually refers to the human species, but sometimes to other animals. When it is applied to plants, it is more generally used in composition; as, a dwarf tree; dwarf- elder, dwarf- palm. Among gardeners, dwarf is a term employed to distinguish fruit- trees whose branches proceed from close to the ground, from riders, or standards, whose original stocks are several feet in height.
  14. An animal or plant less than the ordinary size; diminutive human being.
  15. To hinder from growing; make small.
  16. To stunt.
  17. To cause to look small by comparison.
  18. Smaller than others of its kind; diminutive.
  19. A person, animal, or plant that is unnaturally small.
  20. Dwarfness.
  21. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; an attendant on a lady or knight in romances.
  22. To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small.
  23. To grow stunted. A dwarf tree, a fruit tree whose branches are made to shoot from near the root; a tree artificially dwarfed.
  24. Any animal or plant much below the usual size; a man or woman much under the ordinary height; a page or attendant on a knight in olden times.

Usage examples for dwarf

  1. The giant, in short, can be made, to carry the dwarf, with his deadly little weapon. – Spawn of the Comet by Harold Thompson Rich
  2. You know you would not let me change your chemise even if I were a dwarf." – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  3. " He warn't nothing like so little as that," confesses Mr. Magsman, " but where's your dwarf what is?" – Castilian Days by John Hay
  4. This morning we begin walk through forest where it rather dark and cool and comfortable, that is if we no see dwarf people from whom good Lord deliver us, and he bowed towards the box containing Little Bonsa. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  5. One of these gentlemen is very small, indeed a dwarf, about the size of General Tom Thumb, perhaps one and a half inches shorter; and the other is tall enough to reach the moon when it is high over your head. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  6. " No, not Elise; it was you," said the dwarf, with a strange insistence. – When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 15, 2009
  7. Men who dwarf human nature do this. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. He looked around, and he saw, not far from him, a jolly little man, like a dwarf. – The Story of Calico Clown by Laura Lee Hope
  9. Soon the door was burst violently open, and the dwarf entered with his beard tied up. – Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen by Alexander Chodsko
  10. " Monsieur" Parpon was a new title for the dwarf. – When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 15, 2009
  11. We will go straight back and tell him that it costs three hundred guineas, money down, and the best gown in Paris to turn a fine figure of a girl into a dwarf- bear. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  12. But the most intent spectator of the scene was Parpon the dwarf, who was grotesquely crouched upon the wide ledge of a window. – When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 15, 2009
  13. In ever softer sounds the music died away; the mother with the drum and the dwarf, gradually growing pale and breaking like mist, vanished at last altogether; but Mademoiselle Laurence still stood and danced with closed eyes. – The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine
  14. Plant dwarf, head very large, perfect in form and of fine color. – The Cauliflower by A. A. Crozier
  15. Should I be forced to- to continue without you a day longer, now that you are of proper age and we have found each other again, I- I mean-" Si'Wren had been staring up at him with eyes full of amazement, and when he faltered, she blinked, and came to a full, sudden realization of what had been happening between herself and this beaten- down wreck of a man called Habrunt, who though he be of ordinary stature, had a heart that would dwarf a giant's. – Si'Wren of the Patriarchs by Roland Cheney
  16. Dwarf cases in a plainer style and of later date are set along the sides and ends of the room. – The Care of Books by John Willis Clark
  17. " I would send them a Magic Basket filled with food," answered the dwarf. – The Magic Soap Bubble by David Cory
  18. White men can stand only so many years of that lonely cold, and then they have " to come out" or they dwarf mentally and degenerate. – The Canadian Commonwealth by Agnes C. Laut
  19. " That's right;" said the dwarf, stretching out first his legs, and then his arms, and then shaking his head up and down, and as far round as it would go, for five minutes, without stopping, apparently with the view of ascertaining if he were quite correctly put together; while Gluck stood contemplating him in speechless amazement. – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester