Definitions for littleˈlɪt l
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
lit•tleˈlɪt l(adj.)lit•tler; less; less•er, lit•tlest; least
(adj.)small in size; not big; tiny:
a little desk in the corner of the room.
short in duration or extent; brief:
a little while.
small in number:
a little group of scientists.
small in amount or degree; not much:
of a certain amount; appreciable (usu. prec. by a):
We're having a little difficulty.
being such on a small scale:
younger or youngest:
my little brother.
Category: Common Vocabulary
not strong, forceful, or loud; weak:
a little voice.
life's little discomforts.
small in influence, position, affluence, etc.:
tax reductions to help the little wage earner.
mean, narrow, or illiberal:
a little mind.
endearingly small or so considered:
Bless your little heart!
amusingly small or so considered:
a funny little way of laughing.
contemptibly small, petty, mean, etc.:
filthy little tricks.
(adv.)not at all (used before a verb):
He little knows what awaits him.
in only a small amount or degree; not much; slightly:
a little known work of art; little better than before.
seldom; rarely; infrequently:
We see each other very little.
(n.)a small amount, quantity, or degree:
They did little to make us comfortable.
a short distance:
It's down the road a little.
a short time:
Stay here for a little.
Idioms for little:
little by little,by small degrees; gradually.
not a little,to a great extent; very much; considerably.
Origin of little:
bef. 900; ME, OE lȳtel, c. OS luttil, OHG luzzil; akin to OE lȳt minute
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a cute little rabbit; tiny little pieces of glass; There's only a little time left!; a period of very little rain
Sit down for a little while.; It's only a little farther.
little girls and boys; When I was little, they called me Mikki.
a younger sister or brother
My little sister can be so annoying sometimes.
We have a little problem with the schedule.
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.
not a lot, a small amount
a little known fact; She eats very little.; I'm a little worried.
Little by little they came to love each other.
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
Translations for little
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
small in size
He is only a little boy; when she was little (= a child).
- pequenoPortuguese (BR)
- μικρός (σε μέγεθος)Greek
- kicsi, kisHungarian
- (키가) 작은Korean
- ،كم سن کوچکPersian
- وړوكى،كم عمرهPashto
- küçük, ufakTurkish
- 小的Chinese (Trad.)
- nhỏ béVietnamese
- 小的Chinese (Simp.)
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