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small

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of small

  1. 1 of a size that is less than average a small cat who never weighed more than five pounds Synonyms of small bantam, diminutive, dinky, dwarfish, fine, half-pint, Lilliputian, little, pint-size (or pint-sized), pocket, pocket-size (also pocket-sized), puny, pygmy, shrimpy, slight, smallish, subnormal, toylike, undersized (also undersize) Words Related to small dwarf, toy; runtish, runty, scrubby, stunted; bitty, inappreciable, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microscopic (also microscopical), mini, miniature, miniaturized, minikin, minim, minuscule, minute, pinpoint, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee, weeny (also weensy); meager (or meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparse, stingy; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; bite-size (also bite-sized), capsule Near Antonyms of small bulky, hefty, hulking, massive, voluminous; boxcar, Brobdingnagian, Bunyanesque, cavernous, colossal, cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, gross, Himalayan, herculean, heroic (also heroical), huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, monolithic, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, pharaonic, prodigious, staggering, stupendous, titanic, tremendous, vast; abundant, ample, appreciable, bountiful, copious, generous, healthy, liberal, plenteous, plentiful; fat, thick; broad, wide; boundless, cosmic (also cosmical), immeasurable, incalculable, infinite; adequate, enough, sufficient Antonyms of small big, biggish, considerable, goodly, grand, great, handsome, husky, king-size (or king-sized), large, largish, outsize (also outsized), overscale (or overscaled), oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, whacking, whopping

  2. 2 small in degree your chances of winning the lottery are so small that it's best not to count on it Synonyms of small fragile, frail, negligible, off, outside, slight, slim, remoteWords Related to small marginal, minimal, minor; little, tinyNear Antonyms of small great, large; distinct, significant; considerable, goodly, healthy, largish, respectable, significant, sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidyAntonyms of small good

  3. 3 lacking importance reluctant to bring such a small matter to the boss's attention Synonyms of small fiddling, foolish, frivolous, incidental, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, little, Mickey Mouse, minor, minute, negligible, nugatory, slight, unimportant, small-fry, trifling, trivialWords Related to small jerkwater, one-horse; nickel-and-dime, paltry, petty, small-time, worthless; anonymous, nameless, obscure, uncelebrated, unknownNear Antonyms of small decisive, fatal, fateful; chief, dominant, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, principal; distinctive, exceptional, impressive, outstanding, prominent, remarkable; valuable, worthwhile, worthy; distinguished, eminent, great, illustrious, preeminent, prestigious; famous, notorious, renowned; all-important, basic, essential, fundamental, keyAntonyms of small big, consequential, eventful, important, major, material, meaningful, momentous, significant, substantial, unfrivolous, weighty

  4. 4 not broad or open in views or opinions townspeople who were helpful to one another but who also could be small and intolerant Synonyms of small illiberal, insular, Lilliputian, little, narrow-minded, parochial, petty, picayune, provincial, sectarian, narrow, small-mindedWords Related to small inflexible, ironbound, obdurate, obstinate, rigid, set, stubborn, unyielding, wrongheaded; bigoted, intolerant; biased, discriminating, discriminatory, jaundiced, one-sided, partial, partisan, prejudiced; brass bound, hidebound, old-fashioned, reactionary, stodgy, straitlaced (or straightlaced), stuffy; dogmatic (also dogmatical), opinionated, opinionative; limited; hick, unsophisticatedNear Antonyms of small impartial, nonpartisan, objective, unbiased, unprejudiced; freethinkingAntonyms of small broad-minded, catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal, open, open-minded, receptive, tolerant

Synonym Discussion of small

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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