Definition of munchkin in US English:

munchkin

noun

North American
informal
  • A child or short person.

    • ‘All of which should distract them from the fact that they're hauling the little munchkins back to school tomorrow.’
    • ‘I better go on, I just thought I'd check in on the munchkin.’
    • ‘I quickly cut the munchkin off and motioned to the stairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm so anxious to get home and see the munchkins, to just be home.’
    • ‘Anyhow, I picked up the munchkin and we headed off to meet up with my mom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will he return the money to the munchkins and stop exploiting the children?’
    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

/ˈmən(t)ʃkɪn//ˈmən(t)SHkin/