miniscule


miniscule
miniscule
is fast establishing itself as an adjective in its own right with the meaning ‘very small, minute’, although as a corruption (influenced by the prefix mini-) of minuscule it is regarded as non-standard:

• Riborg showed her a photograph album, with herself by a fjord in a miniscule bikini —J. Bow, 1991.

There is a case to be made for allowing miniscule to have its way and leaving minuscule to its own more technical devices, but since this is not the accepted procedure at present the best advice is to avoid the word altogether in this meaning and use any of several available synonyms such as minute, tiny, microscopic, diminutive, etc.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • miniscule — common misspelling of MINUSCULE (Cf. minuscule) …   Etymology dictionary

  • miniscule — / minuscule [adj] tiny, very small diminutive, dwarf, infinitesimal, itsy bitsy, Lilliputian, little, meager, microscopic, mini*, miniature, minute, pint sized*, puny*, short, slight, small scale, stunted, teensy*, teeny, trivial, undersized,… …   New thesaurus

  • miniscule — [min′i skyo͞ol΄] adj. disputed var. of MINUSCULE …   English World dictionary

  • miniscule — variant of minuscule Usage: The adjective minuscule is etymologically related to minus, but associations with mini have produced the spelling variant miniscule. This variant dates to the end of the 19th century, and it now occurs commonly in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • miniscule — adjective extremely small: a minuscule amount | Her office is miniscule …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • miniscule — /min euh skyoohl /, adj. minuscule. Usage. See minuscule. * * * …   Universalium

  • miniscule — adjective spelling|minuscule …   Wiktionary

  • miniscule — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. tiny, small, wee, minute, microscopic, micro, mini, miniature, little, trifling, trivial, insignificant, pint sized, infinitesimal. ANT.: gargantuan, gigantic II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective See minuscule …   English dictionary for students

  • Miniscule —    A Greek script, originating from cursive writing, used to copy manuscripts from the ninth century onward. Its developed form did not separate words and used abbreviations, which allowed more words on a single page, and which essentially made… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • miniscule — adj. tiny, very small …   English contemporary dictionary


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