What does little mean?

Definitions for little
ˈlɪt llit·tle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word little.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. littleadjective

    a small amount or duration

    "he accepted the little they gave him"

  2. small, littleadjective

    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), slightadjective

    (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, smalladjective

    (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, trivialadjective

    (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, smalladjective

    (of a voice) faint

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

  7. short, littleadjective

    low in stature; not tall

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

  8. little, minuscule, smalladjective

    lowercase

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

  9. littleadverb

    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. littleadverb

    not much

    "he talked little about his family"

Wiktionary

  1. littleadverb

    Not much.

  2. littleadverb

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

  3. littleadjective

    Small in size.

    This is a little table.

  4. littleadjective

    Insignificant, trivial.

    It's of little importance.

  5. littleadjective

    Very young.

  6. littleadjective

    Younger.

    This is my little sister.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Littleadjective

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Littleadjective

    short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Littleadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Littleadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Littleadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Littleadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Littlenoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Littlenoun

    a small degree or scale; miniature

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Littleadverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Little

    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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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of little in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of little in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of little in a Sentence

  1. Cornel Marculescu:

    We discussed it with the (Chinese) delegation and the federation and finally with him and he said it was some health problem, his coach was also debating with him, a little bit stronger, to make him swim but he said he can't.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    reality is often little more than a mirror reflecting visions made of ice and steel cold permanent and carefully contrived.

  3. Roy Stuart:

    Oh my little angel, i miss you so much. Granny misses you so much, baby.

  4. Renae Hickemeyer:

    It does scare me a little bit because he's stubborn, but what we've been doing isn't working.

  5. Forrest Preece:

    I'm 72 and my wife is 70. It would be easy to knock us over, my wife actually went online and found a little mirror to attach to her wrist to look behind her so she's not constantly turning around. We go single file so she can see that mirror and see what's behind us.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. ectomorphic
    • B. ravening
    • C. proprietary
    • D. extroversive

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