Definition of munchkin in US English:



North American
  • A child or short person.

    • ‘I better go on, I just thought I'd check in on the munchkin.’
    • ‘Work's over, the boss is off my back, and the munchkins are out of school.’
    • ‘All that being said, it was a little sad without the munchkins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have to take the munchkins to my grandparents house anyway.’
    • ‘Little munchkins, it seems, ran around under my feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyhow, I picked up the munchkin and we headed off to meet up with my mom.’
    • ‘All of which should distract them from the fact that they're hauling the little munchkins back to school tomorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will he return the money to the munchkins and stop exploiting the children?’
    • ‘I quickly cut the munchkin off and motioned to the stairs.’
    child, baby, infant, son, daughter, youngster, little one, tot, tiny tot
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From the Munchkins, depicted as a race of small childlike creatures, in L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).