Definition of minikin in English:

minikin

adjective

literary
  • Small; insignificant.

    ‘capable men were devoting their lives to minikin pursuits’
    • ‘She thrusts her minikin hands through the willow wands to greet me.’
    • ‘‘Oh,’ I heard her murmur on my right, sounding quiet and minikin, and, unable to help it, I peered over, checking to see whether the reaction of a small child to such news was any different from the reaction I got from my peers and adults.’

noun

literary
  • A small person or thing.

    • ‘Your typical Type C is a mirthful minikin (otherwise known as a good-natured, wee or dainty creature).’
    • ‘And suddenly there it is, looming in front of you, big as a battleship - it's the U.S.S. Corporate Greed, the Free Traders' Armada, firing a broadside of cannons and bombarding the minikins in its path.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Dutch minneken, from minne ‘love’ + -ken -kin.

Pronunciation

minikin

/ˈmɪnɪkɪn/