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Minikin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Minikin A little darling; a favorite; a minion.
    • Minikin A little pin.
    • a Minikin Small; diminutive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n minikin A fine mincing lass.
    • n minikin A pin of the smallest sort. Also called minifer-pin. Halliwell.
    • n minikin The second size of splints used in making matches.
    • n minikin A small sort of gut-string formerly used in the lute and viol, and various other stringed instruments: it was properly the treble string of a lute or fiddle.
    • minikin Small; fine; delicate; dainty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Minikin min′i-kin a little darling: a small sort of pin: the treble string of a lute
    • adj Minikin small
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OD. minneken, a darling, dim. of minne, love; akin to G. minne, and to E. mind,

Usage

In literature:

Then the bell rang, and Minikin disappeared, leaving the communicating door ajar behind him.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
Lord Minikin neglects his wife, and flirts with Miss Tittup.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Pepys' "minikin" was probably cat-gut.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Ask any pretty minikin!
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
In a very small bag is deposited a little rolled up housewife, furnished with minikin needles and fine thread.
"Memoir of Jane Austen" by James Edward Austen-Leigh
A withered leprechaun set eyes into the head of a minikin hound.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I'm good for half a score o' them leetle minikin Mexikins, an' I reck'n you, Frank, kin wipe out as many.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
A MINIKIN three-and-a-half-feet Colonel, being one day at the drill, was examining a strapper of six feet four.
"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;" by Various
I played Lord Duberley in the "Heir-at-Law," and Lord Minikin in "Bon Ton.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
Jack in the pulpit, out and in; Sold his wife for a minikin pin.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
And fallen to that everlasting floor into so many fragments, they'd never paste Minikin together again!
"Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Sir James M. Barrie
That minikin shivering old man, that homunculus, that thing, master of Europe and the West?
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn
The smallest are called minikins, the next, short whites.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
Minikin, Mrs., Lamb's cook, 547.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
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In news:

Albion was born on April 9, 1908, in Hingham, the son of William A and Annie Minikin Hart.
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