how to say “tiny little” in Hebrew


Hebrew has a few ways of taking a word and making it small and cute (a diminutive). One of those ways is to somehow double the ending, as in:

כלבלב – puppy (dog is כלב )

חתלתול – kitten (cat is חתול )

קטנטן – tiny little (small or little is קטן )

Here’s קטנטן in context, referring to something (or someone) feminine:

איזו ילדה יפה וקטנטונת!

What a beautiful tiny little (baby) girl!

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