A diminutive[1] is a wird which has been modified tae convey a slichter degree o its ruit meanin, tae convey the smawness o the object or quality named, or tae convey a sense o intimacy or endearment.[2][3] A diminutive form (abbreviatit DIM) is a grammatical inflection uised tae express such meanins; in mony leids includin Scots, such inflections can be translatit as "wee" an diminutives can an aa be formed as multi-wird constructions such as "Wee Tim".


  1. Beyond the diminutive form o a single wird, a diminutive can be a multi-wird name, such as "Wee Tim" or "Little Dorrit".
  2. "The Standards Site: Glossary - D to F", Crown Copyright, 1997-2008, webpage: Gov-UK-Glossary-DEF.
  3. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 6th edition