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little - Dictionary definition and meaning for word little

(noun) a small amount or duration
Example Sentence
  • he accepted the little they gave him

(adj) limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
Synonyms : small
Example Sentence
  • a little dining room
  • a little house
  • a small car
  • a little (or small) group

(adj) (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
Synonyms : slight
Example Sentence
  • little rain fell in May
  • gave it little thought
  • little time is left
  • we still have little money
  • a little hope remained
  • there's slight chance that it will work
  • there's a slight chance it will work

(adj) (of children and animals) young, immature
Synonyms : small
Example Sentence
  • what a big little boy you are
  • small children

(adj) (informal) small and of little importance
Example Sentence
  • a fiddling sum of money
  • a footling gesture
  • our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war
  • a little (or small) matter
  • a dispute over niggling details
  • limited to petty enterprises
  • piffling efforts
  • giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction

(adj) (of a voice) faint
Synonyms : small
Example Sentence
  • a little voice
  • a still small voice

(adj) low in stature; not tall
Synonyms : short
Example Sentence
  • he was short and stocky
  • short in stature
  • a short smokestack
  • a little man

(adj) lowercase
Synonyms : minuscule , small
Example Sentence
  • little a
  • small a
  • e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters

(adj) small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
Example Sentence
  • a nice little job
  • bless your little heart
  • my dear little mother
  • a sweet little deal
  • I'm tired of your petty little schemes
  • filthy little tricks
  • what a nasty little situation

(adv) not much
Example Sentence
  • he talked little about his family

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