Meaning of LITTLE in English


n. 25B6; adjective

a little writing desk : SMALL, small-scale, compact; mini, miniature, tiny, minute, minuscule; toy, baby, pocket, undersized, dwarf, midget; Scottish wee; informal teeny-weeny, teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy, tiddly, half-pint; Brit. informal titchy, dinky; N. Amer. informal vest-pocket.

a little man : SHORT, small, slight, petite, diminutive, tiny; elfin, dwarfish, midget, pygmy, Lilliputian; Scottish wee; informal teeny-weeny, pint-sized.

my little sister : YOUNG, younger, junior, small, baby, infant.

I was a bodyguard for a little while : BRIEF, short, short-lived; fleeting, momentary, transitory, transient; fast, quick, hasty, cursory.

a few little problems : MINOR, unimportant, insignificant, trivial, trifling, petty, paltry, inconsequential, nugatory.

big, large, elder, important.

25B6; determiner they have little political influence : HARDLY ANY, not much, slight, scant, limited, restricted, modest, little or no, minimal, negligible.


25B6; adverb

he is little known as a teacher : HARDLY, barely, scarcely, not much, (only) slightly.

this disease is little seen nowadays : RARELY, seldom, infrequently, hardly (ever), scarcely (ever), not much.

well, often.

25A0; a little

add a little water : SOME, a small amount of, a bit of, a touch of, a soupçon of, a dash of, a taste of, a spot of; a shade of, a suggestion of, a trace of, a hint of, a suspicion of; a dribble of, a splash of, a pinch of, a sprinkling of, a speck of; informal a smidgen of, a tad of.

after a little, Oliver came in : A SHORT TIME, a little while, a bit, an interval, a short period; a minute, a moment, a second, an instant; informal a sec, a mo, a jiffy.

this reminds me a little of the Adriatic : SLIGHTLY, faintly, remotely, vaguely; somewhat, a little bit, quite, to some degree.

25A0; little by little GRADUALLY, slowly, by degrees, by stages, step by step, bit by bit, progressively; subtly, imperceptibly.

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