minuscule

When something is teeny tiny, it is minuscule. If your mother calls your miniskirt minuscule, it probably means she wants you to change into something a bit less revealing.

In minuscule, you see the word, minus, which means lesser. The word minuscule has its roots in the Latin expression minuscula littera, a phrase used to describe the smaller letters in text. In the late 1800s, the use of the word expanded to mean very small in general — so the definition of minuscule became less minuscule.

Definitions of minuscule
  1. adjective
    very small
    “a minuscule kitchen”
    “a minuscule amount of rain fell”
    synonyms: miniscule
    little, small
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. adjective
    lowercase
    “e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters”
    synonyms: little, miniscule, small
    lowercase
    relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case
  3. adjective
    of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncial; 7th to 9th centuries
    synonyms: miniscule, minuscular
    lowercase
    relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case
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    Antonyms:
    majuscule
    of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; 4th to 8th centuries
    uppercase
    relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case
    majuscular
    of the nature of a majuscule or written in majuscules
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  4. noun
    the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
    synonyms: lower-case letter, lowercase, miniscule, small letter
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    Antonyms:
    capital, capital letter, majuscule, upper-case letter, uppercase
    one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
    type of:
    character, grapheme, graphic symbol
    a written symbol that is used to represent speech
  5. noun
    a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
    synonyms: miniscule
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    type of:
    cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand
    rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
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