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But then the Pasteur was short, and his brother was a dwarf.

To expect less is to get less, since it is to dwarf my own power of receiving.

While Alberich boasted, he was planning how he might trick the dwarf and take his gold.

But Wotan drew the ring from the dwarf's finger, then set him free.

I simply adore them, and I should have liked to have a dwarf elephant.

"You should have said, short as a dwarf," returned Jacques Two.

Sometimes he'll be half as tall as a church steeple, and sometimes no bigger than a dwarf.

These are of dwarf habit, but have blossoms of the largest size.

He seemed to tower above the table and dwarf the whole room.

He did his part to purge the veins of men of the subtle poisons which dwarf them.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English dweorh, dweorg (West Saxon), duerg (Mercian), "very short human being," from Proto-Germanic *dweraz (cf. Old Frisian dwerch, Old Saxon dwerg, Old High German twerg, German Zwerg, Old Norse dvergr), perhaps from PIE *dhwergwhos "something tiny," but with no established cognates outside Germanic. The mythological sense is 1770, from German (it seems never to have developed independently in English).

The shift of the Old English guttural at the end of the word to modern -f is typical (cf. enough, draft). Old English plural dweorgas became Middle English dwarrows, later leveled down to dwarfs. The use of dwarves for the legendary race was popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien. As an adjective, from 1590s.

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