little

[lit┬Ětle]

Anything small, brief, young, or unimportant can be described as little. If you live in a little cottage, it means your house is very small, and quite possibly adorable.

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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.

Noun
a small amount or duration; "he accepted the little they gave him"

Adjective S.
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

Adjective S.
(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 nig

Adjective
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"

Adjective S.
of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"; "in a little while"; "it''s a little way away"

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Adjective S.
(of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice"

Adjective S.
lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings''s poetry is written all in minuscule letters"

Adjective S.
not fully grown; "what a big little boy you are"; "small children"

Adverb
not much; "he talked little about his family"


a.
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.

a.
Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.

a.
Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.

a.
Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.

a.
Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence.

a.
Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.

n.
That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.

n.
A small degree or scale; miniature.

adv.
In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it.


Little

Lit"tle , a. [The regular comparative of this word is wanting, its place being supplied by less, or, rarely, lesser. See Lesser. For the superlative least is used, the regular form, littlest, occurring very rarely, except in some of the English provinces, and occasionally in colloquial language. " Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear." Shak.] [OE. litel, lutel, AS. ltel, l'c6tel, lt; akin to OS. littil, D. luttel, LG. l'81tt, OHG. luzzil, MHG. l'81tzel; and perh. to AS. lytig deceitful, lot deceit, Goth. liuts deceitful, lutn to deceive; cf. also Icel. l'c6till little, Sw. liten, Dan. liden, lille, Goth. leitils, which appear to have a different root vowel.] 1. 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.
He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
2. Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.
Best him enough: after a little time, I'll beat him too.
3. Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.
Conceited of their little wisdoms, and doting upon their own fancies.
4. Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.
When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes?
5. Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence.
By sad experiment I know How little weight my words with thee can find.
6. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise, Because their natures are little.
Little chief. (Zo'94l.) See Chief hare. -- Little finger, the fourth and smallest finger of the hand. -- Little go (Eng. Universities), a public examination about the middle of the course, which as less strict and important than the final one; -- called also smalls. Cf. Great go, under Great. Thackeray. -- Little hours (R. C. Ch.), the offices of prime, tierce, sext, and nones. Vespers and compline are sometimes included. -- Little ones, young children.
The men, and the women, and the little ones.

Little

Lit"tle, n. 1. That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
Much was in little writ.
There are many expressions, which carrying with them no clear ideas, are like to remove but little of my ignorance.
2. A small degree or scale; miniature. " His picture in little." Shak.
A little, to or in a small degree; to a limited extent; somewhat; for a short time. " Stay a little." Shak.
The painter flattered her a little.
-- By little and little, ∨ Little by little, by slow degrees; piecemeal; gradually.

Little

Lit"tle, adv. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it. " The poor sleep little." Otway.

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.

That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.

In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it.

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Usage Examples

A few years ago I lost 30 pounds, and people still wanted to criticize. And honestly, I'm happy with myself if I'm a little heavier. I realized: 'Why am I trying to conform to someone else's idea of beauty?' I think I'm beautiful either way.

'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

'Sparkle' fell into my lap. I had heard a little bit about it, that it was being redone in early 2011. I was just kind of like, 'Oh, that would be really cool,' and not really thinking too much about it, and then it came through my agency. I read it, I fell in love with the script and I went in to audition.

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.

'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.

A college education shows a man how little other people know.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

A great deal has been written in recent years about the purported lack of motivation in the children of the Negro ghettos. Little in my experience supports this, yet the phrase has been repeated endlessly, and the blame in almost all cases is placed somewhere outside the classroom.

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.

'Lucky' is for laughs, and there's really nothing funny that I'm doing on 'Dexter.' I think more than anything, both comment on the fact that anybody is capable of anything. Just because they are the shy guy in the corner doesn't mean that they are a harmless little bunny.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.

'Vegas' was something very close to me. I had such a blast doing that. I'm still a little upset that we never really got to shoot that final episode. So many people were invested in it. I'll always be sad about that.

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