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. 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)

    lowercase

    "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"

Wiktionary

  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)

    Younger.

    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

    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. Little(adj)

    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. Little(adj)

    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. Little(adj)

    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. Little(adj)

    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. Little(adj)

    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. Little(noun)

    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. Little(noun)

    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. Little(adverb)

    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

How to pronounce little?

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How to say little in sign language?

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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. Philip Roth:

    My God! The English language is a form of communication! Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at! Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill! Words aren't only bombs and bullets -- no, they're little gifts, containing meanings!

  2. Jessica Norris:

    Think of Gamay as Pinot Noir’s little-sister grape.

  3. Robert Pavlik:

    I don't think they're going to say anything particularly related to a rate hike in December, if they say a little too much about inflation, that's going to give the market a reason to get concerned.

  4. Terry Armstrong:

    That's our way of giving kids a little bit of a leg up.

  5. Donald Trump:

    They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention! claims that this proposal would allow violent criminals to be released are false.

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