(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (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.


1. a person who is markedly small

Similar word(s): midget

Definition categories: person

2. a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure

Similar word(s): gnome

Definition categories: person, faerie, faery, fairy, fay, sprite

3. a plant or animal that is atypically small

Definition categories: general, being, organism

Sentences with dwarf as a noun:

- dwarf tree; dwarf honeysuckle


1. make appear small by comparison

- This year's debt dwarfs that of last year

Similar word(s): overshadow, shadow

Definition categories: stative, command, dominate, overlook, overtop

2. check the growth of

- the lack of sunlight dwarfed these pines

Definition categories: social, stunt

Sentences with dwarf as a verb:

- The newly-built skyscraper dwarfs all older buildings in the downtown skyline.

- Bach dwarfs all other composers.