Diminutive vs Nellie - What's the difference?

diminutive | nellie |



Alternative forms



(en adjective)
  • Very small.
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  • Serving to diminish.
  • * Shaftesbury
  • diminutive of liberty
  • (grammar) Of or pertaining to, or creating a word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
  • Synonyms

    * (very small) lilliputian, tiny


    * (very small) huge, gigantic * augmentative


    (wikipedia diminutive) (en noun)
  • (grammar) A word form expressing smallness, youth, unimportance, or endearment.
  • Booklet, the diminutive of book, means ‘small book’ .


    * nomen deminutivum


    * augmentative



    Alternative forms

    * Nelly

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • A diminutive of the female given names Eleanor and Helen. Popular as a formal given name at the turn of the 20th century.
  • * 1860 Mary Jane Holmes: Cousin Maude . BiblioBazaar,LLC, 2007. ISBN 1434652122 page 14:
  • "Then we will call her Matilda," said he, "as it is a maxim of mine never to spoil children by giving them pet names."
    "But you call your daughter Nellie ," suggested the little widow, and in her soft, blue eye there shone a mischievous twinkle, as if she fancied she had beaten him in his own argument. - - -
    "That is sister Kelsey's idea, and as she is very fond of Nellie I do not interfere.
  • * 2007 Rachel M. Harper: Brass Ankle Blues . Simon&Schuster 2007. ISBN 0743296583 page 88:
  • "Eleanor, that's kind of an old lady name. I like Nellie' better. ' Nellie Kincaid, that's got a nice ring to it. It sounds like you're a singer or something.
    English diminutives of female given names ----