little people

plural noun

Definition of little people

1 : tiny imaginary beings (such as fairies, elves, and leprechauns) of folklore
3 : people of unusually short stature
4 : common people

Examples of little people in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the old spirit of noblesse oblige was often troubled by a certain condescension, a sense that rules are for the little people. Washington Post, "Planet Word, a new museum devoted to language, is a high-tech, feel-good experience," 21 Oct. 2020 In Mumbai, some of the little people in the signal lights have swapped their straight-legged trousers for triangular frocks. Tiffany May New York Times, Star Tribune, "Female street crossing signals draw mixed reaction," 2 Sep. 2020 Lots of kids get small objects stuck up their noses; there’s something about stuffing things up there that’s kind of appealing to little people. Claire Gillespie,, "This Kid Had a Lego in His Nose for Two Years Before It Fell Out—and His Parents Were Shocked," 20 Aug. 2020 In the season 5 finale, Kim gives up a lucrative career in corporate law, rebooting as a pro bono defender of the little people. Darren Franich,, "The death and life of the lawyer show," 18 June 2020 No doubt this part of Rytkheu’s story has origins in the real epidemics of the past as well as traditional beliefs in mysterious little people and shamanism. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Chukchi novel tells of a time when humans and whales were kin," 16 May 2020 These people that didn't make their own way are in her mind stepping on the little people. Dan Snierson,, "Better Call Saul finale: Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn break down Kim's shocking pitch to Jimmy," 21 Apr. 2020 The little people don't like you, and the big people don't believe in you. NBC News, "Transcript: The Walls Have Ears," 3 Feb. 2020 Offshore data leaks and the collapse in white-collar crime enforcement suggest that criminal liability and paying taxes are just for the little people. Alison Taylor, Quartz at Work, "The corporate responsibility facade is finally starting to crumble," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of little people

circa 1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Little people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of little people

: ordinary people who are not wealthy, famous, or powerful
: people of unusually small size
: very small imaginary beings (especially leprechauns) with magical powers

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