from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Small in size.
- adjective Small in quantity or extent: synonym: small.
- adjective Short in extent or duration; brief.
- adjective Unimportant; trivial.
- adjective Narrow; petty.
- adjective Having scant power or influence; of minor status.
- adjective Being at an early stage of growth; young.
- adjective Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling.
- adverb Not much; scarcely.
- adverb Not in the least; not at all.
- noun A small quantity or amount.
- noun Something much less than all.
- noun A short distance or time.
- idiom (a little) Somewhat; a bit.
- idiom (little by little) By small degrees or increments; gradually.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Not large or much.
- Not large in number; having few constituent, members or parts: as, a little army or fleet; a little city.
- Not much; of small amount, quantity, or degree; restricted; limited: as, a little food or drink; little joy or happiness; little influence.
- Not of great extent or duration; not long; short in space or time; brief: as, a little way or distance; a little while.
- Not great; small in consideration, dignity, consequence, etc.; petty; inconsiderable; insignificant: as, a little office; little affairs; a little accident.
- Hence— Petty in character; mean; narrow; wanting breadth or largeness: as, a little soul or mind.
- Synonyms Minute, tiny.
- and Scanty, slender, moderate.
- Insignificant, contemptible, weak. See
- noun A small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
- In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly.
- To become little or less.
- To make less. Compare
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adverb In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it.
- adjective Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to
- adjective Short in duration; brief.
- adjective Small in quantity or amount; not much
- adjective Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.
- adjective Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable
- adjective Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
- adjective (Zoöl.) See
- adjective an Englishman opposed to territorial expansion of the British Empire. See
- adjective the fourth and smallest finger of the hand.
- adjective (Eng. Universities) a public examination about the middle of the course, which is less strict and important than the final one; -- called also
smalls. Cf. Great go, under Great.
- adjective (R. C. Ch.) the offices of prime, tierce, sext, and nones. Vespers and compline are sometimes included.
- adjective (Zoöl.) the quahog, or round clam.
- adjective young children.
- noun That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
- noun A small degree or scale; miniature.
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- adjective Insignificant,
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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By the end, it's almost arbitrary which is little comfort, I know, but hopefully it is, well....a *little* comfort
But now I is a little older a *little* only and can use mah newfound maturity to turn those naughty bois over mah knee and teach them some manners.
I love all the little treats, candies, lipgloss..little slippers, cards, ribbons.. love that red w/ white polka dot ribbon..
"Okay Mom .. move this arm a little to the left, now crouch just a little okay .. we're making progress."
Similarly, when the travel agent says ˜Reno is the biggest little city™, we do not interpret her as overlooking the vagueness of ˜little city™.
I've found on planetmagrathea.com that this sentence of Slartibartfast's is changed in the feature film but the formula remains: ... so that Slartibartfast no longer claims to know little of these early sixties sitcoms of which you speak but instead knows little of this cheese of which you speak.
And I had to laugh a little when we got into a *little* argument last night over how long his hair is!
_He that contemneth small things shall fall by little and little_.
Of all his poems, however, the loveliest and best is a little simple song, _There was a time when I was very little_, which every Dane, high or low, knows by heart, and which is matchless in its simplicity and pathos.
If a girl of high ideals is thinking about them now and knows that she has of late been tempted to lower them a little, let me ask her to look at them very earnestly before she consents to tarnish them _even a little_.