little people

Definition of little people

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of little person

little people

plural noun

Definition of little people (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of little people in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Plural noun To thousands of little people, the short stature that comes with achondroplasia is not a disability in need of treatment but a difference to be celebrated. Damian Garde, STAT, 20 Nov. 2021 Then, as now, the ruling class makes laws for us little people and exempts itself. WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 The Ringer found Richards made inappropriate comments to his cohost and assistant about nude photos, used derogatory words for little people and those with an intellectual disability, and called women fat. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 31 Aug. 2021 In addition to offensive comments about women, The Ringer reported Richards used a derogatory term for little people and a slur for people with mental disabilities during conversations on the podcast. Gabrielle Chung,, 19 Aug. 2021 According to a review of his podcast, Mike Richards used several insensitive terms and slurs, including derogatory terms for little people and those with an intellectual disability and calling women fat. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 19 Aug. 2021 There was also a lovely moment of hillbilly elegizing, as one of the pundits put on his best hick costume to get in with the little people. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 23 July 2021 School boards and city councils are for little people. Nicholas Goldberg, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 His loose story frame about hustling, hardworking little people like bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), car-service owner Kevin (Jimmy Smits), and dreamer Benny (Corey Hawkins) imitates the hip-hop comedies Next Day Air and Lottery Ticket. Armond White, National Review, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of little people

Plural noun

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of little people was in 1699

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4 Oct 2021

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“Little people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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