little people

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plural of little person

little people

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plural noun

: tiny imaginary beings (such as fairies, elves, and leprechauns) of folklore
: common people

Example Sentences

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Plural noun
The big winners of the 2023 Golden Globes do not forget about the little people, or, technically, the little donkeys. Vulture, 10 Jan. 2023 Gogin was an advocate for little people in entertainment and worked with charities that helped people with disabilities. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Dec. 2022 What little people did know about FTX supported, in a very real way, the tale the company was telling; people really did entrust Bankman-Fried with billions, and that really did give him newsworthy power and influence. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2022 For millions of Americans, the fatigue and frustration stem both from the rate of gun violence and from how little people in power have done to address it. John Woodrow Cox, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Nov. 2022 The child was set afloat on a grass raft and found by a village of little people (the Nelwyn). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Sep. 2022 Experts say that keeping as little people in the know about your big win is key. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 28 July 2022 Growing up, Aliannah Shalikar noticed just how little people actually knew about Afghanistan. Madi Lietz, oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2022 The privacy paradox is arguably more a commentary on how little people understand the implications of what’s been called surveillance capitalism or feel empowered to defend against it. Nora Mcdonald, Chron, 16 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Plural Noun

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of little people was in 1699

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“Little people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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