From Latin. See minim.


minimus (plural minimi or minimuses)

  1. (obsolete) A being of the smallest size.
  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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)




Suppletive superlative of parvus, comparative minor, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mey(h₁)- (small, little), whence also Latin minuō, Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌽𐌽𐌹𐌶𐌰 (minniza, smaller). Contains the same suffix as in īnfimus (lowest), but details are uncertain.[1] Related to Ancient Greek μῑκρός (mīkrós, little, small), English smicker.

Alternative formsEdit



minimus (feminine minima, neuter minimum, positive parvus); first/second declension

  1. Superlative degree of parvus: least, smallest


First/second-declension adjective.

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




  1. ^ Weiss, Michael L. (2009) Outline of the Historical and Comparative Grammar of Latin[1], Ann Arbor: Beech Stave Press, →ISBN, pages 360-61

Further readingEdit

  • 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[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) the faintest suspicion: suspicio tenuissima, minima