Definition of Tom Thumb

1. Noun. An imaginary hero of English folklore who was no taller than his father's thumb.

2. Noun. A very small person.
Generic synonyms: Small Person

Definition of Tom Thumb

1. Proper noun. The fictional character who is no bigger than his father's thumb and is the protagonist and hero of the fairy tale ''The History of Tom Thumb''. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tom Thumb

Tolypeutes tricinctus
Tom Bradley
Tom Collins
Tom Collinses
Tom Hanks
Tom Joneses
Tom Paine
Tom Sawyer
Tom Stoppard
Tom Thumb (current term)
Tom Tom
Tom Wolfe
Tom and Jerry
Toma's sign
Tomas de Torquemada
Tombigbee River

Literary usage of Tom Thumb

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1. A Study of Fairy Tales by Laura Fry Kready (1916)
"Tom Thumb and Little Thumb Tom Thumb, another romantic tale suited to the ... The germ of Tom Thumb exists in various forms in the books of the far East, ..."

2. Household Stories, from the Collection of the Bros: Grimm by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm (1883)
"Then the parents said, "He is just what we wished for, and we will love him very much," and they named him according to his stature, " Tom Thumb. ..."

3. Index to Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends by Mary Huse Eastman (1915)
"Tom Thumb. I. Adams. Folk-story and verse. Aunt Louisa's book of fairy tales. ... Three little pigs and Tom Thumb. Valentine. Old, old fairy tales (Warne ed ..."

4. Anomalies and curiosities of medicine by George Milbry Gould, Walter Lytle Pyle (1901)
"Charles Stratton, surnamed " Tom Thumb," was born at Bridgeport, Conn., ... Next to the success of " Tom Thumb " probably no like attraction has been so ..."

5. The American Boys Handy Book by Daniel Carter Beard (1890)
"The principle is simple enough, and with some sticks, two small pieces of inch lumber, three old skates, and two boards, a real little "Tom Thumb ice-yacht" ..."

6. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1900)
"Tom Thumb accompanied him, and soon Mr. Barnum began to retrieve his fallen fortunes ... General Tom Thumb was at that time traveling in the South and West. ..."

7. Chap-books of the Eighteenth Century by John Ashton (1882)
"Tom Thumb. THIS prose version is made from the ballad, the original of which was printed for John Wright in 1630; the second and third parts were written ..."

8. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"... ho adulterated his drink (Mr. Lemon played the Dragon) with sherry, the sly relish with which he watched the demora- My nnn-.e it is Tom Thumb, ..."

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