a small amount or duration
"he accepted the little they gave him"
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"
(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"
(of children and animals) young, immature
"what a big little boy you are"; "small children"
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"
(of a voice) faint
"a little voice"; "a still small voice"
low in stature; not tall
"he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"
little, minuscule, small(adj)
"little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
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"
"he talked little about his family"
Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of).
Small in size.
This is a little table.
It's of little importance.
This is my little sister.
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
short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep
small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water
small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible
small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence
small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous
that which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like
a small degree or scale; miniature
in a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it
Origin: [OE. litel, lutel, AS. ltel, ltel, lt; akin to OS. littil, D. luttel, LG. ltt, OHG. luzzil, MHG. ltzel; and perh. to AS. lytig deceitful, lot deceit, Goth. liuts deceitful, lutn to deceive; cf. also Icel. ltill little, Sw. liten, Dan. liden, lille, Goth. leitils, which appear to have a different root vowel.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lit′l, adj. (comp. Less; superl. Least) small in quantity or extent: weak, poor: brief.—n. that which is small in quantity or extent: a small space.—adv. in a small quantity or degree: not much.—ns. Litt′le-ease, discomfort, misery: a form of punishment, as the stocks; Litt′le-end′ian, one of the Lilliputian party who opposed the Big-endians, maintaining that boiled eggs should be cracked at the little end; Litt′le-go (see Go); Litt′leness; Litt′le-off′ice, a short service of psalms, hymns, collects, &c.—adj. Litt′leworth, worthless.—By little and little, by degrees; In little, on a small scale; Not a little, considerably. [A.S. lýtel.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #337
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Written Corpus Frequency: #176
Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Adverbs Frequency: #187
Rank popularity for the word 'little' in Adjectives Frequency: #21
The numerical value of little in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of little in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If you add a little to a little and do this often, soon the little will become great.
I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on the them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky.
There is much to be learned from the little kids and from the little animals! Little things teach us big things! Small candles too challenge the huge darknesses!
We may have been a little bashful to push on the creative side, we need to push ourselves a little further, let ourselves be a little freer, a little less formulaic.
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
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