Definition of munchkin in English:

munchkin

noun

North American
informal
  • A child or short person.

    • ‘I quickly cut the munchkin off and motioned to the stairs.’
    • ‘Work's over, the boss is off my back, and the munchkins are out of school.’
    • ‘I have to take the munchkins to my grandparents house anyway.’
    • ‘Anyhow, I picked up the munchkin and we headed off to meet up with my mom.’
    • ‘Where have all you little munchkins gone off to?’
    • ‘Khaled also displays a purposefulness that contradicts ideas of children as helpless munchkins or mental incompetents.’
    • ‘All of which should distract them from the fact that they're hauling the little munchkins back to school tomorrow.’
    • ‘I'm so anxious to get home and see the munchkins, to just be home.’
    • ‘Johnnie and my father go back probably 35 years, and I've known him - I don't want to tell how old I am, but I've known him since I was a munchkin.’
    • ‘All that being said, it was a little sad without the munchkins.’
    • ‘Will he return the money to the munchkins and stop exploiting the children?’
    • ‘I better go on, I just thought I'd check in on the munchkin.’
    • ‘Somehow, I'd been the one stupid enough to believe that I could marry him and move in with him and go about the process of spending the rest of my life with him, all without ever having to meet or interact with his not-so-little munchkins.’
    • ‘Little munchkins, it seems, ran around under my feet.’
    child, baby, infant, son, daughter, youngster, little one, tot, tiny tot
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Origin

From the Munchkins, depicted as a race of small childlike creatures, in L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).

Pronunciation

munchkin

/ˈmʌn(t)ʃkɪn/