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A diminutive is a formation of a word used to express smallness of the object or quality that is meant with the word the diminutive is formed from.
Examples in English
Common diminutives are:
- -ey/-ie/-y: dearie, doggy, kitty (this also being the basis of the naming of Brittany i.e. Minor Britain in reference to its cultural ties to the Celts of Great Britain.)
- -ette: diskette, cigarette, kitchenette, suffragette (Suffrage)
- -let: piglet, chicklet, applet, eyelet, gauntlet, tablet
- -ling: duckling, gosling
- -s(y): "Wills", Becks
- -a: Macca, Gazza
- -o: smoko (smoking break)