The Meaning of Undersized Urbanite

I’m not going to lie, until recently I didn’t really fully understand what “undersized urbanite” meant in relation to the dollhouse contest. Without thinking, I assumed that it meant a small urban space. And as a result, I have been struggling to come up with ideas based on this meaning. So one night, I decided to further investigate into the meaning. It really shouldn’t be that complicated, but this is me we are talking about and I have no other post for today 🙂

First word:

un·der·sized (ndr-szd) also un·der·size (-sz) adj.

Of less than normal or sufficient size.

Translation: well, when you think of what the contest (challenge?) is, its for dollhouses. a dollhouse a house, or home, that is less than normal or sufficient size. Cool. So for people like me, who might be wandering over design because of a beautifully alliterated contest name, lets just say dollhouse

On to the next word:

ur·ban·ite (ûrb-nt) n.

A city dweller

Translation: I actually had to further delve into this one. Just being picky….some side definitions….

cit·y (st) n. pl. cit·ies
1. A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.

Translation: most places nowadays days. All towns and places where people love are obviously important. A centre of population , commerce and culture, could technically be a statue surrounded by huts and a small market in a forest (I am talking about the few primal societies left, you know which I mean.), there would be people, aka populated, commerce, if there is a market, and culture is inevitable in any group of people…is it not? On the other hand, a centre of population, commerce and culture could be a place as large as Toronto, which is close by my door and is home to over 2,000,000 people. It could also be a small town, with only a few thousand people…or hundred even! As long as the people do some sort of trade amongst each other and have some sort of culture (which I hope everyone does!?!). Lets just say any place where more than two people reside

dwell (dwl)
intr.v. dwelt (dwlt) or dwelled, dwell·ing, dwells

1. To live as a resident; reside.
2. To exist in a given place or state: dwell in joy.
3. a. To fasten one’s attention: kept dwelling on what went wrong.

So to be a dweller. You don’t technically have to live somewhere, you can even just “fasten your attention” (I.e., obsess) about a place and you can be “dwelling”. So, lets say as long as you live or obsess in thought about a place, you could technically be considered a dweller of that place.

So now, lets put that together….for my full translation of urbanite, or city dweller is; someone who lives any place where more than two people reside, or lives to obsess in thought about a particular place

All together now! Here is what Undersized Urbanite means in relation to the challenge;

To build a dollhouse, for anyone,who lives any place where more than two people reside, or lives to obsess in thought about a particular place.

So, with that said, I’m just going to make my house as I want and stop worrying about what “urban” city this “undersized” designed home is residing in, and just go with the flow! Wish I had “researched” this earlier! Lol! 🙂


p.s. I am in no way dissing the name of the contest or anything like that, I’m just super bored and a very research oriented person, and I just needed to do this to help my thought process. 🙂 🙂


  1. I’ve never seen an urbanized dollhouse… If we used a city near me as an example, random persons under drawers might be on your door step in the morning… might be something worth including 🙂
    Happy Thursday!

  2. So sorry you were struggling because of the name! You came up with an excellent definition. 🙂 This was really fun to read.

  3. I didn’t even think about the name of a contest as imposing a theme, just went on my my merry way with my own idea and got to it… I did have a few moments of angst later about whether it should be related… but with your definition now, everything (pretty much) goes 😀

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