- (Irish folklore) One of a race of elves that can reveal hidden treasure to those who catch them.
- Do you not catch the tiny clamour,Busy click of an elfin hammer,Voice of the leprechaun singing shrill,As he merrily plies his trade?
- (mythology) Any member of a race of beings from (especially Scandinavian and other Germanic) folklore, usually depicted as having some sort of supernatural powers and being skilled in crafting and metalworking, often as short with long beards, and sometimes as clashing with elves.
- (now often offensive) A person of short stature, often one whose limbs are disproportionately small in relation to the body as compared with normal adults, usually as the result of a genetic condition.
- An animal, plant or other thing much smaller than the usual of its sort.
- (astronomy) A star of relatively small size.
- Synonyms: midget, pygmy
- Antonyms: ettin, giant
- Synonym: runt
- dwarf tree
- dwarf honeysuckle
- (especially in botany) Miniature.
- The specimen is a very dwarf form of the plant.
- It is possible to grow the plants as dwarf as one desires.
- (transitive) To render (much) smaller, turn into a dwarf (version).
- (transitive) To make appear (much) smaller, puny, tiny.
- (transitive) To make appear insignificant.
- (intransitive) To become (much) smaller.
- To hinder from growing to the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt.
- Synonyms: miniaturize, shrink
- The newly-built skyscraper dwarfs all older buildings in the downtown skyline.
- The train bursts from Rusher Cutting Tunnel with explosive violence, the engine’s exhaust soaring high into the air, but dwarfed by the mighty limestone cliffs on either side.
- In the past two years, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has located nearly 3,000 exoplanet candidates ranging from sub-Earth-sized minions to gas giants that dwarf our own Jupiter.
- Synonyms: eclipse, overshadow, outshadow, outshine, outdo, put to shame, upstage, surpass, outmatch, outstrip
- Bach dwarfs all other composers.
- Synonym: shrink
- Even the most common moral ideas and affections […] would be stunted and dwarfed, if cut off from a spiritual background.