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Adjective: little (littler,littlest)  li-t(u)l
  1. Limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
    "a little dining room";
    - small
     
  2. (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 time is left"; "we still have little money"; "a little hope remained";
    - slight
     
  3. (of children and animals) young, immature
    "what a big little boy you are";
    - small
     
  4. [informal] Small and of little importance
    "a little (or small) matter";
    - fiddling [informal], footling [informal], lilliputian [informal], niggling [informal], piddling [informal], piffling [informal], petty [informal], picayune [N. Amer, informal], trivial [informal], niggly [informal], piddly [informal]
     
  5. Low in stature; not tall
    "a little man";
    - short
     
  6. (of a voice) faint
    "a little voice";
    - small
     
  7. Lowercase
    "little a";
    - minuscule, small
     
  8. 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"
Adverb: little  li-t(u)l
  1. Not much
    "he talked little about his family"
Noun: little  li-t(u)l
  1. A small amount or duration
    "he accepted the little they gave him"

Derived forms: littlest, littles, littler

See also: atomic, bantam, bitsy [informal], bittie [informal], bitty [N. Amer, informal], chunky, compact, diddy [Brit, informal], diminutive, dinky [informal], dumpy, dwarfish, eensy [informal], eensy-weensy [informal], elfin, elflike, emotional, flyspeck, gnomish, half-length, half-size, heavyset, height, immature, infinitesimal, insignificant, itsy-bitsy [informal], itty-bitty [informal], less, lesser, lilliputian, littler, low, lowercase, low-set, micro, microscopic, microscopical, midget, miniature, miniscule, minuscule, minute, olive-sized, petite, pint-size, pint-sized, pocketable, pocket-size, pocket-sized, puny, runty, sawed-off [N. Amer], sawn-off [Brit], short-stalked, shrimpy, size, slender, slim, small [archaic], smaller, smallish, small-scale, soft, squab, squabby, squat, squatty, stature, stocky, stumpy, subatomic, teensy [informal], teensy-weensy [informal], teentsy [informal], teeny [informal], teeny-weeny [informal], thick, thickset, tiddly [Brit, informal], tiny, titchy [Brit, informal], undersize, undersized, unimportant, wee [informal], weensy [informal], weeny [informal], young

Type of: small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

Antonym: big, much

Encyclopedia: Little, Lawrence