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little

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adjective lit·tle \ˈli-təl\

Definition of little

littler

play \ˈli-təl-ər, ˈlit-lər\ or

less

play \ˈles\ or

lesser

play \ˈle-sər\;

littlest

play \ˈli-təl-əst, ˈlit-ləst\ or

least

play \ˈlēst\
  1. 1 :  not big: such asa :  small in size or extent :  tiny has little feetb :  young was too little to rememberc of a plant or animal :  small in comparison with related forms —used in vernacular namesd :  having few members or inhabitants a little group little townse :  small in condition, distinction, or scope big business trampling on the little fellowf :  narrow, mean the pettiness of little mindsg :  pleasingly small a cute little thingh —used as an intensive why, you little devil!

  2. 2 :  not much: such asa :  existing only in a small amount or to a slight degree has little moneyb :  short in duration :  brief There is little time left.c :  existing to an appreciable though not extensive degree or amount —used with a had a little money in the bank

  3. 3 :  small in importance or interest :  trivial a few little problems to be dealt with

littleness

play \ˈli-təl-nəs\ noun

Examples of little in a sentence

  1. I have very little money, so I can't lend you any.

  2. I have less money than I did before.

  3. I got very little sleep last night.

  4. There's little hope of a rescue now.

  5. You have little choice but to pay attention.

  6. The new version bears little resemblance to the original.

  7. These programs have very little chance of succeeding.

  8. These trinkets have little or no value.

  9. We're having a little party this weekend.

  10. a little group of people

Origin and Etymology of little

Middle English littel, from Old English lȳtel; akin to Old High German luzzil little


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of little

small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number. a relatively small backyard little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity. your pathetic little smile diminutive implies abnormal smallness. diminutive bonsai plants minute implies extreme smallness. a minute amount of caffeine in the soda tiny is an informal equivalent to minute . tiny cracks formed in the painting miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale. a dollhouse with miniature furnishings

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little

adverb lit·tle

Definition of little

less

play play \ˈles\;

least

play play \ˈlēst\
  1. 1a :  in only a small quantity or degree :  slightly facts that were little known at the timeb :  not at all cared little for their neighbors

  2. 2 :  rarely, infrequently

Examples of little in a sentence

  1. She works very little and sleeps even less.

  2. Please speak as little as possible.

  3. We had little more than we needed.

  4. His art is little known in this country.

Origin and Etymology of little

see 1little


First Known Use: before 12th century


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little

noun lit·tle

Definition of little

  1. 1 :  a small amount, quantity, or degree; also :  practically nothing little has changed

  2. 2a :  a short timeb :  a short distance

a little

  1. :  somewhat, rather found the play a little dull

in little

  1. :  on a small scale; especially :  in miniature

Examples of little in a sentence

  1. there's just a little of the pie left

Origin and Etymology of little

see 1little


First Known Use: before 12th century


LITTLE Defined for English Language Learners

1

little

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adjective lit·tle \ˈli-təl\

Definition of little for English Language Learners

  • : small in size

  • : not tall

  • : small in amount


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little

adverb lit·tle

Definition of little for English Language Learners

  • : in a very small amount or degree

  • : hardly at all : not very much

  • : not very often


LITTLE Defined for Kids

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little

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adjective lit·tle \ˈli-təl\

Definition of little for Students

littler

\ˈlit-lər\ or

less

\ˈləs\;

littlest

\ˈlit-ləst\ or

least

\ˈlēst\
  1. 1 :  small in size a little house

  2. 2 :  small in quantity They had little food to eat.

  3. 3 :  1young 1 little children

  4. 4 :  short in duration or extent We had a little chat.

  5. 5 :  small in importance It's a little problem.

  6. 6 :  1narrow 3


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little

play
adverb lit·tle

Definition of little for Students

less

\ˈles\;

least

\ˈlēst\
  1. :  in a very small quantity or degree The history is little known.

little by little

  1. :  by small steps or amounts :  gradually


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little

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noun lit·tle

Definition of little for Students

  1. :  a small amount or quantity She knows very little.


Medical Dictionary

little

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adjective lit·tle \ˈlit-əl\

Medical Definition of little

littler

\ˈlit-əl-ər, ˈlit-lər\play or

less

\ˈles\play or

lesser

\ˈles-ər\play ;

littlest

\ˈlit-əl-əst, ˈlit-ləst\play or

least

\ˈlēst\play
  1. :  not big: asa:  small in size or extent has little feetbof a plant or animal :  small in comparison with related forms—used in vernacular names



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