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Definitions of little

  1. of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"; "in a little while"; "it's a little way away" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (informal terms) 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"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. not fully grown; "what a big little boy you are"; "small children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a small amount or duration; "he accepted the little they gave him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not much; "he talked little about his family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. 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"; "a small voice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. (of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (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 hope remained"; "little time is left"; "we still have little money"; "a little hope remained"; "a little time is left" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. younger brother or sister; "little brother" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. Less. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A small degree or scale; miniature. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Littleness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; - often with a preceding it. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Small in size, quantity, dignity, or importance; brief in time; insignificant; ing; mean. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. In a small degree; not ch. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. That which is small in size, quantity. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. Least. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. (comp. LESS; superl. LEAST) Small in quantity or extent: weak, poor: brief. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. That which is small in quantity or extent: a small space. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. In a small quantity or degree: not much. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. A small quantity or extent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. Small in size or quantity; contemptible. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. To a small degree. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. Below the ordinary size or amout; small; short; brief; petty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. A small quantity, space, time, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. In a small degree; slightly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Small in size, quantity, or extent; brief; of small dignity, power, or importance; of small force or effect; inconsiderable; mean; base. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  38. A small quantity or amount; anything small or slight; not much. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  39. Small in bulk, extent, or size; low in degree; trifling. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  40. A small portion or quantity; small space; not much. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. In a small degree or quantity; in some degree but not great; not much; comp. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  43. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it. mso.anu.edu.au
  44. 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. dictgcide_fs
  45. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; often with a preceding it. dictgcide_fs
  46. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  47. (LESS, LESSER, LEAST; also smaller, smallest), n., & adv. (LESS, LEAST). Small (often with emotional implications not given by small, cf. GREAT), not great or big (the idiomatic antitheses are great& l., big& l., great& small, large& small, not large& l. nor big& small); (as distinctive epithet) of smaller or smallest size &c. (the Latin Auk, Latin Malvern, the Latin BEAR, the l. finger or toe); young (the l. Joneses, Jones\' children; l. man or woman, boy or girl, esp. as voe.; his, her, its, our, l. ones, children or cubs &c.); as of a child, evoking tenderness, patronage, amusement, &c. (her poor l. efforts to please; we know his l. ways; so that is your l. game, what you are hoping to do undetected); short in stature, distance, or time (a l. man; the l. people, fairies; will go a l. way with you; wait a l. while); trivial, unimportant, (every l. difficulty); mean, paltry, contemptible, (with the l. cunning of l. minds); not much (gained l. advantage from it; often but or very l.); a l., some though not much, even a small amount of. (prob. f. the n. use with ellipse of of; give me a l. butter; a l. care would have prevented it); (abs.) the l., persons of l. power or importance, what is l., in l., on a small scale; l.-Englander, -dism, (holder of) principle that Great Britain should contract her responsibilities for colonies& dependencies (opp. imperialist, -ism); l.-go collog., first examination for B.A. degree at Cambridge; Latin Masters, group of 16th-c. German engravers, followers of Durer, named from small size of their prints; hence littleness n. (N.) not much, only a small amount, a mere trifle, (l. or nothing, hardly anything; did not a l. for the cause, much; got but, very, rather, l. out of it; a l. makes us laugh; gives me l. of his company; did what l. he could; the l. of his work that remains); a certain but no great amount (knows a l. of everything; a l., rather, somewhat; not a l., extremely); (for a) short time or distance (after, for, a l.; leave me here a l.; l. by l., by l. & l., by degrees). (Adv.) to a small extent only (I like him l.; l. known authors; is l. more than a cento); not at all (he l. knows, dreams, &c.). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  48. L. Mary (colloq.), the stomach. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  49. n. A small quantity, amount, space, and the like;— small degree or scale; miniature, Cabinet Dictionary

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