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a little

Definition of a little

  1. 1 :  not much but some <There's a little brown sugar in these cookies.> <I have a little money, so I may be able to lend you some.>

  2. 2 :  not much but somewhat or slightly <It bothered me a little.> <His house is down the street a little further.> <Repairs will begin in a little more than a month.> —sometimes used in negative constructions to indicate very much <He was not a little annoyed at the interruption.>

  3. 3 :  for a brief time <Please stay here with me a little.> <We can walk a little and then catch a cab.>

  4. 4 :  a small amount or quantity <There is only a very little at stake here.> <I only understand a little of what you're saying.> <There's still some money in the bank, but only a very little.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  not big: as

    :  small in size or extent :  tiny

    :  young

  1. :  in only a small quantity or degree :  slightly

    :  not at all

    :  rarely, infrequently

  1. :  a small amount, quantity, or degree

    :  practically nothing

    :  a short time

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of, relating to, or near a shore

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