Diminutives

Diminutives are words that are formed from nouns to express smallness, affection or contempt. The following is a list of the diminutives of various objects, animals and birds, given for your reference. An ‘ankle’ is the thin part of the leg just above the foot. An ‘anklet,’ also called an ankle chain or ankle bracelet, is an ornament worn around the ankle.

There are several baby forms that exist in English diminutives. Can you differentiate between a ‘babe’ and a ‘baby’? A babe is a small baby whereas a baby is a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk. Traditionally, the term 'diminutive' has been used to refer to words which denote smallness and possibly also expressing an attitude. A ‘ball’ is any object in the shape of a sphere, especially one used as a toy by children and a ‘bullet’ is a small, metal object that is shot from a gun.

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