little


little
little [lit′'l]
adj.
littler or less or lesser, littlest or least [ME littel < OE lytel (akin to Ger dial. lützel) < base of lyt, small (< IE base * leud-, to stoop > Welsh lludded, fatigue), infl. by ON litill, small (akin to Goth leitils) < IE base * lei-, to decline, be lean > LESS]
1. small in size; not big, large, or great
2. small in amount, number, or degree; not much
3. short in duration or distance; brief; not long
4. small in importance or power [the rights of the little man]
5. small in force, intensity, etc.; weak
6. trivial; trifling
7. lacking in breadth of vision; narrow-minded; illiberal [a little mind]
8. young: said of children or animals
9. younger [her little brother]: Sometimes used with implications of pleasing or endearing qualities [ bless your little heart ] Also used in the names of certain neighborhoods, sections of town, etc. that are populated by people from (a specified place) who have largely maintained their ethnic customs and traditions [Little Italy ]
adv.
less, least
1. in a small degree; to a slight extent; only slightly; not much
2. not in the least [he little suspects the plot]
n.
1.
a) small amount, degree, etc.: often used with a and having adverbial force [a little crazy]
b) not much [little will be done about it]
2. a short time or distance
SYN.- SMALL
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in little
on a small scale; in miniature
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little by little
by slow degrees or small amounts; gradually
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make little of
to treat as not very important; depreciate
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not a little
very much; very
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some little
rather extensive; fairly full
littleness
n.

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