pygmy Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Definition of “pygmy” - English Dictionary

"pygmy" in American English

See all translations

pygmyadjective [not gradable]

(also pigmy)  us   /ˈpɪɡ·mi/
(of an ​animal or ​bird) one of a ​type which is ​smaller than ​animals or ​birds of that ​type usually are: a pygmy ​hippopotamus

Pygmynoun [C]

(also Pigmy)  us   /ˈpɪɡ·mi/
a ​member of one of several ​groups of very ​smallpeople who ​live in ​central Africa
(Definition of pygmy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"pygmy" in British English

See all translations

pygmyadjective [before noun]

(also pigmy) uk   us   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/

pygmynoun [C]

(also pigmy) uk   us   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/ disapproving

Pygmynoun [C]

(also Pigmy) uk   us   /ˈpɪɡ.mi/
a ​member of one of several ​groups of very ​smallpeople who ​live in Central ​Africa: Pygmies ​average about 1.5 ​metres in ​height.
(Definition of pygmy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pygmy”
in Spanish pigmeo…
in Vietnamese người lùn…
in Malaysian org kerdil…
in Thai คนแคระในทวีปแอฟริกาตอนใต้…
in French pygmée…
in German der Pygmäe, die Pygmäin…
in Chinese (Simplified) (动物或鸟类)体型非常小的…
in Indonesian pigmi…
in Chinese (Traditional) (動物或鳥類)體型非常小的…
What is the pronunciation of pygmy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

drum

a musical instrument, especially one made from a skin stretched over the end of a hollow tube or bowl, played by hitting with the hand or a stick

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More