Definitions for little
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word little.
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, 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"
(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, smalladjective
"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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
comp. less, superlat. least;
Etymology: leitels, Gothick; lytel , Saxon.
The coast of Dan went out too little for them. Josh. xix.
He sought to see Jesus, but could not for the press, because he was little of stature. Luke xix. 3.
His son, being then very little, I considered only as wax, to be moulded as one pleases. John Locke.
When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes. 1 Sam. xv. 17.
All that is past ought to seem little to thee, because it is so in itself. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.
I leave him to reconcile these contradictions, which may plentifully be found in him, by any one who will but read with a little attention. John Locke.
The received definition of names should be changed as little as possible. Isaac Watts, Logick.
Where there is too great a thinness in the fluids, sub-acid substances are proper, though they are a little astringent. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth. Prov. x. 20.
Finding him little studious, she chose rather to endue him with conversative qualities of youth; as, dancing and fencing. Henry Wotton.
That poem was infamously bad; this parallel is little better. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
Several clergymen, otherwise little fond of obscure terms, yet in their sermons were very liberal of all those which they find in ecclesiastical writers. Jonathan Swift.
Much was in little writ; and all convey’d
With cautious care, for fear to be betray’d. Dryden.
He that despiseth little things, shall perish by little and little. Ecclus.
The poor remnant of human seed which remained in their mountains, peopled their country again slowly, by little and little. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.
By freeing the precipitated matter from the rest by filtration, and diligently grinding the white precipitate with water, the mercury will little by little be gathered into drops. Boyle.
I gave thee thy master’s house, and the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have given such and such things. 2 Sam. xii. 8.
They have much of the poetry of Mecænas, but little of his liberality. John Dryden, All for Love. Preface to.
Nor grudge I thee the much that Grecians give,
Nor murm’ring take the little I receive. John Dryden, Homer.
There are many expressions, which carrying with them no clear ideas, are like to remove but little of my ignorance. John Locke.
As if ’twere little from their town to chase,
I through the seas pursued their exil’d race. John Dryden, Æn.
I view with anger and disdain,
How little gives thee joy or pain:
A print, a bronze, a flow’r, a root. Matthew Prior.
These they are fitted for, and little else. George Cheyne.
Little is an adjective used to describe something or someone that is small in size, quantity, or importance. It can also refer to a young age or a short amount of time.
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
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.]
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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Little is ranked #291 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Little surname appeared 105,936 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 36 would have the surname Little.
70.1% or 74,272 total occurrences were White.
24.2% or 25,700 total occurrences were Black.
2% or 2,129 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.9% or 2,045 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.2% or 1,335 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.4% or 466 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
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
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.
Ricky I don't know why we don't get a drink ... sittin inside this place. Bobby I promised Chloe we'd come here Ricky She doesn't even know where the hell she is, Bob. She'd have more fun if we were at Bodners. She could play the triva game like she likes it, or the little racing game thing she does. Bobby She's a little girl, little girl's don't like to go to bars. Ricky We had fun, we went to bars when we were kids ... met all the different people, right ...remember Slimmy
I want to encourage The Little Zen Monkey to be The Little Zen Monkey, to develop those muscles, people are really excited about what The Farmers're doing and that The Farmers're getting The Farmers kid outside, keeping The Little Zen Monkey active and encouraging The Little Zen Monkey to be strong as The Little Zen Monkey grows older.
She's been a little joy of heaven but at the same time, it is more responsibility looking after two little ones, especially when (her older brother) George is around, he's a little monkey. But it's fantastic having a little family. I'm so thrilled. Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I'm very proud of her.
Little Hong simply wouldn't leave, and said that Little Hong'd regret it if leaves. Little Hong says Little Hong doesn't want( to leave) even if all the money in the world is given to Little Hong, Little Hong only wants Little Hong parents, these boys are going to be orphaned, with no-one to take care of them.
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