PRONUNCIATION: (LI-li-puht/poot)

MEANING: adjective: Tiny.
noun: Someone or something very small.

ETYMOLOGY: After Lilliput, an island nation in Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel Gulliver’s Travels (1726). Earliest documented use: 1867.

NOTES: In his travels, Gulliver lands in Lilliput where people are only six inches tall. He may appear to be a giant to them, but it’s all relative. Soon he’d visit a land where he himself appears as a lilliput to them. The word is also used in the form: lilliputian.

LILLIPUP - a young Lillus; extremely cute, and they make great pets

MILLIPUT - a bad golf stroke on the green; it sends the ball only 1/1000th of the way to the cup

LILLIPOT - what you cook your Liliaceae in