Definitions for littleˈlɪt l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lit•tleˈlɪt l(adj.)lit•tler; less; less•er, lit•tlest; least

  1. (adj.)small in size; not big; tiny:

    a little desk in the corner of the room.

  2. short in duration or extent; brief:

    a little while.

  3. small in number:

    a little group of scientists.

  4. small in amount or degree; not much:

    little hope.

  5. of a certain amount; appreciable (usu. prec. by a):

    We're having a little difficulty.

  6. being such on a small scale:

    little farmers.

  7. younger or youngest:

    my little brother.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. not strong, forceful, or loud; weak:

    a little voice.

  9. minor; unimportant:

    life's little discomforts.

  10. small in influence, position, affluence, etc.:

    tax reductions to help the little wage earner.

  11. mean, narrow, or illiberal:

    a little mind.

  12. endearingly small or so considered:

    Bless your little heart!

  13. amusingly small or so considered:

    a funny little way of laughing.

  14. contemptibly small, petty, mean, etc.:

    filthy little tricks.

  15. (adv.)not at all (used before a verb):

    He little knows what awaits him.

  16. in only a small amount or degree; not much; slightly:

    a little known work of art; little better than before.

  17. seldom; rarely; infrequently:

    We see each other very little.

  18. (n.)a small amount, quantity, or degree:

    They did little to make us comfortable.

  19. a short distance:

    It's down the road a little.

  20. a short time:

    Stay here for a little.

Idioms for little:

  1. little by little,by small degrees; gradually.

    Category: Idiom

  2. not a little,to a great extent; very much; considerably.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of little:

bef. 900; ME, OE lȳtel, c. OS luttil, OHG luzzil; akin to OE lȳt minute


Princeton's WordNet

  1. little(adj)

    a small amount or duration

    "he accepted the little they gave him"

  2. small, little(adj)

    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

    "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

  3. little(a), slight(adj)

    (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some

    "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"

  4. little, small(adj)

    (of children and animals) young, immature

    "what a big little boy you are"; "small children"

  5. fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial(adj)

    (informal) small and of little importance

    "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"

  6. little, small(adj)

    (of a voice) faint

    "a little voice"; "a still small voice"

  7. short, little(adj)

    low in stature; not tall

    "he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"

  8. little, minuscule, small(adj)


    "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"

  9. little(adverb)

    small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)

    "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"

  10. little(adverb)

    not much

    "he talked little about his family"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. little(adjective)ˈlɪt l

    ≠ big

    a cute little rabbit; tiny little pieces of glass; There's only a little time left!; a period of very little rain

  2. littleˈlɪt l

    ≠ long

    Sit down for a little while.; It's only a little farther.

  3. littleˈlɪt l


    little girls and boys; When I was little, they called me Mikki.

  4. littleˈlɪt l

    a younger sister or brother

    My little sister can be so annoying sometimes.

  5. littleˈlɪt l

    not serious

    We have a little problem with the schedule.

  6. little(pronoun)ˈlɪt l

    a small amount

    I heard little of what he said.; We have plenty of wood - if you need some we can give you a little.

  7. little(adverb)ˈlɪt l

    not a lot, a small amount

    a little known fact; She eats very little.; I'm a little worried.

  8. littleˈlɪt l


    Little by little they came to love each other.


  1. little(Adverb)

    Not much.

  2. little(Adverb)

    Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of).

  3. little(Adjective)

    Small in size.

    This is a little table.

  4. little(Adjective)

    Insignificant, trivial.

    It's of little importance.

  5. little(Adjective)

    Very young.

  6. little(Adjective)


    This is my little sister.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Little(adj)

    small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child

  2. Little(adj)

    short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep

  3. Little(adj)

    small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water

  4. Little(adj)

    small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible

  5. Little(adj)

    small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence

  6. Little(adj)

    small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous

  7. Little(noun)

    that which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like

  8. Little(noun)

    a small degree or scale; miniature

  9. Little(adverb)

    in a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it


  1. Little

    The Little was an automobile built in Flint, Michigan by the Little Motor Car Company from 1912-15. The Little first was available as a two-seater with a four-cylinder 20 hp engine, and had a wheelbase of 7 ft 7 in . In 1914 a 3.6 L six-cylinder L-head engine was available in a later model that had a larger chassis. This was phased out in 1915 as it was too close in size and price to the Chevrolet Six. Durant merged the Little Company and Chevrolet in 1913, gave the Chevrolet name to the Little car and moved manufacturing from the Detroit plant to Flint.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #337

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Written Corpus Frequency: #176

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Adverbs Frequency: #187

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Adjectives Frequency: #21

Translations for little

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


small in size

He is only a little boy; when she was little (= a child).

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