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From Latin. See minim.


minimus (plural minimi)

  1. (obsolete) A being of the smallest size.
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
      Get you gone, you dwarf;
      You minimus, of hindering knot-grass made;
      You bead, you acorn.
  2. (dated) The youngest pupil in a school having a particular surname.
    Jones Minimus wants to join the rowing team.
  3. (anatomy) The little finger; the fifth digit, or that corresponding to it, in either the manus or pes.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for minimus in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




minimus (superlative of parvus)

  1. least, smallest


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative minimus minima minimum minimī minimae minima
genitive minimī minimae minimī minimōrum minimārum minimōrum
dative minimō minimō minimīs
accusative minimum minimam minimum minimōs minimās minima
ablative minimō minimā minimō minimīs
vocative minime minima minimum minimī minimae minima




  • minimus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • minimus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • minimus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) the faintest suspicion: suspicio tenuissima, minima