little people

plural noun

Definition of little people

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

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When little people climb into our bed in the middle of the night. Justin Ricklefs, Redbook, "9 Things Fatherhood Has Taught Me About Being a Man," 10 June 2019 Meanwhile, the accused themselves behave as though accountability is for the little people. Laurie Penny, The New Republic, "Why It Matters How Powerful Men Treat Women," 24 June 2019 That has included, at times heartbreakingly, being outgrown, forgotten and cast aside by the mercurial little people whose love animates them. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Toy Story 4' delivers another cinematic grand slam," 13 June 2019 There’s nothing little people love more than splishing and splashing around in the water — any body of water. Essence, "Get Your Little Ones Ready For Water Fun With These Adorable (And Affordable) Swimsuits," 10 June 2019 But seeing two adorable little people motoring around my house is amazing. Andrea Stanley, Redbook, "11 Moms Reveal the One Thing No One Told Them About Having Twins," 16 June 2017 According to the Chicago Tribune, Maren was the final surviving Munchkin actor from the 124 little people who starred in The Wizard of Oz. Stephanie Petit,, "Wizard of Oz's Last Surviving Munchkin Jerry Maren Dies at 98," 6 June 2018 To encourage him to do some of these little people, in addition to more controversial cases. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Barr’s Push for Iran-Contra Pardons Likely to Emerge in Confirmation Hearing," 28 Dec. 2018 But little people like us, protesting in our little corners, coaxed money for research and cocktail therapies and protease inhibitors. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tim has left us, but the fight continues," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of little people

circa 1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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