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English adjective: little

1. little limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

SamplesA little dining room.
A little house.
A small car.
A little (or small) group.


Similaratomic, bantam, bittie, bitty, diminutive, dinky, dwarfish, elfin, elflike, flyspeck, gnomish, half-size, infinitesimal, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, lesser, lilliputian, littler, micro, microscopic, microscopical, midget, miniature, miniscule, minuscule, minute, olive-sized, petite, pocket-size, pocket-sized, pocketable, puny, runty, shrimpy, slender, slim, small-scale, smaller, smallish, subatomic, teensy, teensy-weensy, teentsy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, undersize, undersized, wee, weensy, weeny


Antonymsbig, large

2. little (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some

SamplesLittle 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.



See alsoless


3. little (of children and animals) young, immature

SamplesWhat a big little boy you are.
Small children.


Similarimmature, young


4. little (informal) small and of little importance

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsfiddling, footling, lilliputian, niggling, petty, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial


Domain usagecolloquialism

Antonymsimportant, of import

5. little (of a voice) faint

SamplesA little voice.
A still small voice.




6. little low in stature; not tall

SamplesHe was short and stocky.
Short in stature.
A short smokestack.
A little man.


Similarchunky, compact, dumpy, half-length, heavyset, low-set, pint-size, pint-sized, runty, sawed-off, sawn-off, short-stalked, squab, squabby, squat, squatty, stocky, stumpy, thick, thickset

See alsolow

Attributeheight, stature


7. little lowercase

SamplesLittle a.
Small a.
E.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters.

Synonymsminuscule, small



8. little small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)

SamplesA 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.



English noun: little

1. little (quantity) a small amount or duration

SamplesHe accepted the little they gave him.

Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

English adverb: little

1. little not much

SamplesHe talked little about his family.

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