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diminutive /dəˈmɪnjətɪv/  

  • adjective
    [more ~; most ~] :very small
    a diminutive actor
    a radio with a diminutive set of speakers
    linguistics :indicating small size
    the diminutive suffixes -ette and -ling
    the diminutive noun duckling
    A diminutive word or suffix is usually used in describing something small, often with the added suggestion that it is appealing or lovable in some way.
    plural -tives
    [count] a word or suffix that indicates that something is small
    an informal form of a name
    Diminutives can be a shortened form of a name (such as Jen for Jennifer and Dick for Richard) or a name with a diminutive suffix added to it (such as Bobby for Bob).