Definitions of little

  1. of short duration or distance; " a brief stay in the country"; " in a little while"; " it's a little way away"
  2. ( informal terms) small and of little importance; " a fiddling sum of money"; " a footling gesture"; " our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; " a little ( or small) matter"; " Mickey Mouse regulations"; " a dispute over niggling details"; " limited to petty enterprises"; " piffling efforts"; " giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
  3. not fully grown; " what a big little boy you are"; " small children"
  4. a small amount or duration; " he accepted the little they gave him"
  5. not much; " he talked little about his family"
  6. 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"
  7. limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; " a little dining room"; " a little house"; " a small car"; " a little ( or small) group"; " a small voice"
  8. ( of a voice) faint; " a little voice"; " a still small voice"
  9. lowercase; " little a"; " small a"; " e. e. cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
  10. ( 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 hope remained"; " little time is left"; " we still have little money"; " a little hope remained"; " a little time is left"
  11. younger brother or sister; " little brother"
  12. Less.
  13. Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.
  14. Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.
  15. Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.
  16. Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion; little effort; little care or diligence.
  17. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
  18. That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
  19. A small degree or scale; miniature.
  20. Littleness.
  21. Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; - opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child.
  22. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; - often with a preceding it.
  23. Small in size, quantity, dignity, or importance; brief in time; insignificant; ing; mean.
  24. In a small degree; not ch.
  25. That which is small in size, quantity.
  26. Least.
  27. ( comp. LESS; superl. LEAST) Small in quantity or extent: weak, poor: brief.
  28. That which is small in quantity or extent: a small space.
  29. In a small quantity or degree: not much.
  30. A small quantity or extent.
  31. Small in size or quantity; contemptible.
  32. To a small degree.
  33. Below the ordinary size or amout; small; short; brief; petty.
  34. A small quantity, space, time, etc.
  35. In a small degree; slightly.
  36. Small in size, quantity, or extent; brief; of small dignity, power, or importance; of small force or effect; inconsiderable; mean; base.
  37. In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly.
  38. A small quantity or amount; anything small or slight; not much.
  39. Small in bulk, extent, or size; low in degree; trifling.
  40. A small portion or quantity; small space; not much.
  41. In a small degree or quantity; in some degree but not great; not much; comp.

Usage examples for little

  1. We are impostors, or little better. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. " I'll show you," answered the little boy. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Big Woods by Laura Lee Hope
  3. Ermengarde was always a little afraid of her father. – The Children of Wilton Chase by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  4. " Please try to be a little a-" " Yes?" – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
  5. So as soon as you can you may find me a place to sit down and rest a little while. – Rollo in Geneva by Jacob Abbott
  6. " No." " There can be little hope then?" – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  7. Let us rest yet a little – First Person Paramount by Ambrose Pratt
  8. It was coming- and she little knew how. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  9. This, of course, may mean little – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  10. Of course, I don't, little one. – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  11. " You can make one in a moment," said the little boy. – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  12. Didn't you want me a little – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  13. You have but to think a little – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  14. It's only your little one!" – The Flight of the Shadow by George MacDonald
  15. I will come, dear little baby's mother. – Hoodie by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  16. I wanted to have a little talk with you. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  17. Come on, just a little run. – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  18. He knows just' a little too much! – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  19. I'll have to explain that a little to make you understand it. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  20. I want a little talk with you. – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)