English adjective: little
|1.||little limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent|
|Samples||A little dining room.|
A little house.
A small car.
A little (or small) group.
|Similar||atomic, 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|
|2.||little (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some|
|Samples||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.
|3.||little (of children and animals) young, immature|
|Samples||What a big little boy you are.|
|4.||little (informal) small and of little importance|
|Samples||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.
Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction.
|Synonyms||fiddling, footling, lilliputian, niggling, petty, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial|
|Antonyms||important, of import|
|5.||little (of a voice) faint|
|Samples||A little voice.|
A still small voice.
|6.||little low in stature; not tall|
|Samples||He was short and stocky.|
Short in stature.
A short smokestack.
A little man.
|Similar||chunky, 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|
E.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters.
|8.||little small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)|
|Samples||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.
English noun: little
|1.||little (quantity) a small amount or duration|
|Samples||He accepted the little they gave him.|
|Broader (hypernym)||small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity|
English adverb: little
|1.||little not much|
|Samples||He talked little about his family.|