One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Small; insignificant.‘capable men were devoting their lives to minikin pursuits’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘She thrusts her minikin hands through the willow wands to greet me.’
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.’
Mid 16th century: from Dutch minneken, from minne ‘love’ + -ken -kin.
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