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A fairy, dwarf, imp, or elf.
Small, insignificant, paltry. Now rare (archaic).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in 1st Part Raigne Selimus. Origin unknown. With the first element perhaps compare pug. It is unclear whether -wiggen, -wiggin in the some forms represent pronunciations with affricate/dʒ/ or plosive/ɡ/, although the rhyme with biggin in quot. 1675 at sense A. 2 strongly suggests the latter. In some forms apparently altered by association with wigeon.
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