Meaning of A BIT in English


n., informal A small amount; some. There's no sugar in the sugar bowl, but you may find a bit in the bag. If the ball had hit the window a bit harder, it would have broken it. Often used like an adverb. This sweater scratches a bit. Also used like an adjective before "less", "more". Janet thought she could lose weight by eating a bit less. "Have some more cake?" "Thanks. A bit more won't hurt me." Often used adverbially after verbs in negative, interrogative, and conditional sentences, sometimes in the form "one bit". "Won't your father be angry?" "No, he won't care a bit." Helen feels like crying, but I'll be surprised if she shows it one bit. Sometimes used with "little" for emphasis, also in the emphatic form "the least bit". "Wasn't Bob even a little bit sorry he forgot his date?" "No, Bob wasn't the least bit sorry."

Synonym: A LITTLE.

Compare: A FEW.

Antonym: A LOT.

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