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Definition of "dwarf" []

  • An abnormally small person, often having limbs and features atypically proportioned or formed. (noun)
  • An atypically small animal or plant. (noun)
  • A small creature resembling a human, often ugly, appearing in legends and fairy tales. (noun)
  • A dwarf star. (noun)
  • To check the natural growth or development of; stunt: "The oaks were dwarfed from lack of moisture” ( John Steinbeck). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dwarf" in a sentence
  • "If the term dwarf planet is amended to be a subclass of planet, thereby brought in line with the use of the term “dwarf” in astronomy dwarf stars are still stars; dwarf galaxies are still galaxies, much of this controversy would be resolved. gwen 2:26 pm on February 7, 2009 | # | Reply"
  • "Her most recent acquisition is a white dwarf horse, but Schmelzle does not like the term dwarf, so she calls Tigger her "little love with special needs.""
  • "O'BRIEN: There are now eight planets and this one what they call a dwarf planet, a smaller planet, not a classical planet."