The Bantu immigration drove many Pygmy tribes into the darkest jungle, while other Pygmies were reduced to cohabitation in a subservient status.
Everyone looked like Pygmies whenever giant Joe joined his classmates.
Despite his towering stature, the minister proved a political pygmy.
Soil exhaustion ultimately produces a pygmy crop at best.
Other Word Forms
Origin of pygmy
- Middle English pigmie from Latin Pygmaeī the Pygmies from Greek Pugmaioi from pugmē cubit, fist peuk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek Πυγμαῖος (Pugmaios, “a member of a race of dwarves"), from πυγμή (pugmÄ“, “fist (as small as a fist)")