HyperDic: little

English > 10 senses of the word little:
ADJECTIVEalllittle, smalllimited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
alllittle, slight(quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree
alllittle, small(of children and animals) young, immature
alllittle, fiddling, footling, lilliputian, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial(informal) small and of little importance
alllittle, small(of a voice) faint
alllittle, shortlow in stature
alllittle, minuscule, smalllowercase
alllittlesmall in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
ADVERBalllittlenot much
NOUNquantitylittlea small amount or duration
little > pronunciation
Soundslih'tahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 1
MeaningLimited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent.
Examples
  • "a little dining room"
  • "a little house"
  • "a little (or small) group"
Synonymsmall
Attribute ofsizeThe physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
NarroweratomicImmeasurably small
bantam, diminutive, lilliputian, midget, petite, tiny, flyspeckVery small
bitty, bittie, teensy, teentsy, teeny, wee, weeny, weensy, teensy-weensy, teeny-weeny, itty-bitty, itsy-bitsy(used informally) very small
dinky, insignificantsmall and insignificant
dwarfishatypically small
elfin, elflikesmall and delicate
gnomishUsed of small deformed creatures / creatures
half-sizehalf the usual / usual or regular size
infinitesimal, minuteinfinitely or immeasurably small
lessersmaller in size or amount or value
microExtremely small in scale or scope or capability
microscopic, microscopicalSo small as to be invisible without a microscope
miniatureOn a very small scale
minuscule, minisculeVery small
olive-sizedAbout the size of an olive
pocket-size, pocket-sized, pocketablesmall enough to be carried in a garment pocket
puny, runty, shrimpy(used especially of persons) of inferior size
slender, slimsmall in quantity
small-scalecreated or drawn on a small scale
smaller, littlersmall or little relative to something else
smallishRather small
subatomicOf smaller than atomic dimensions
undersize, undersizedsmaller than normal for its kind
Oppositelarge, bigAbove average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
Spanishmenudo, pequeño
Catalanmenut, petit
Nounslittlenessthe property of having a relatively small size
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 2
Meaning(quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with 'a') at least some.
Examples
  • "little rain fell in May"
  • "gave it little thought"
  • "little time is left"
  • "we still have little money"
  • "a little hope remained"
Synonymslight
NarrowersmallSlight or limited
See alsoless(comparative of 'little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning / meaning not as great in amount or degree
Oppositemuch(quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent
Spanishchico, escaso, pequeño, poco
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 3
Meaning(of children and animals) young, immature.
Example"what a big little boy you are"
Synonymsmall
Broaderyoung, immature(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
Spanishpequeño
Catalanpetit
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 4
Meaning(informal) small and of little importance.
Example "a little (or small) matter"
Synonymsfiddling, footling, lilliputian, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial
Broaderunimportantnot important
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishbaladí, fútil, insignificante, insustancial, intrascendente, nimio, pequeño, trivial
Catalanfútil, inconsiderable, insignificant, insubstancial, intrascendent, negligible, nimi, petit, trivial
Nounslittlenesslack of generosity / generosity in trifling matters
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 5
Meaning(of a voice) faint.
Example"a little voice"
Synonymsmall
Broadersoft(of sound) relatively low in volume
Spanishdébil, flojo
Catalandèbil, feble, fluix
Nounslittlenessthe property of having relatively little strength or vigor
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 6
MeaningLow in stature; not tall.
Example "a little man"
Synonymshort
Attribute ofstature, height(of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
Narrowerchunky, dumpy, low-set, squat, squatty, stumpyshort and thick
compact, heavyset, stocky, thick, thicksetHaving a short and solid form or stature
half-lengthrepresenting only the upper half of the body
pint-size, pint-sized, runty, sawed-off, sawn-offWell below average height
short-stalkedOf plants having relatively short stalks
squab, squabbyshort and fat
See alsolowLiteral meanings
OppositetallGreat in vertical dimension
Spanishbajo, corto
Catalanbaix
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 7
Meaninglowercase.
Example"little a"
Synonymsminuscule, small
Broaderlowercaserelating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case
Spanishminúscula
Catalanminúscula
English > little: 10 senses > adjective 8
Meaningsmall in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context).
Examples
  • "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"
BroaderemotionalOf more than usual emotion
English > little: 10 senses > noun 1, quantity
MeaningA small amount or duration.
Example"he accepted the little they gave him"
Broadersmall indefinite quantity, small indefinite amountAn indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
English > little: 10 senses > adverb 1
Meaningnot much.
Example"he talked little about his family"
Spanishpoco, poquito
Catalanpoc

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