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munchkin (MUNCH-kin) noun

1. A very small person, especially one with an elflike appearance.

2. Informal. A child.

3. Informal. A minor official.

[After the Munchkins, characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.]

"Once a low-level munchkin in conservative intellectual circles, Lind has recently won himself a good deal of ink by denouncing his former patrons as divisive and reactionary." Pitney, John J., Jr., Powertown: A Novel.(book reviews), Reason, 1 Jan 1997.

This week's theme: eponyms from fiction.


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