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Meaning & Definition of Little in English





1. A small amount or duration

  • "He accepted the little they gave him"
  • little


1. Limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

  • "A little dining room"
  • "A little house"
  • "A small car"
  • "A little (or small) group"
  • small,
  • little

2. (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree

  • Not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
  • "Little rain fell in may"
  • "Gave it little thought"
  • "Little time is left"
  • "We still have little money"
  • "A little hope remained"
  • "There's slight chance that it will work"
  • "There's a slight chance it will work"
  • little(a),
  • slight

3. (of children and animals) young, immature

  • "What a big little boy you are"
  • "Small children"
  • little,
  • small

4. (informal) small and of little importance

  • "A fiddling sum of money"
  • "A footling gesture"
  • "Our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"
  • "A little (or small) matter"
  • "A dispute over niggling details"
  • "Limited to petty enterprises"
  • "Piffling efforts"
  • "Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
  • fiddling,
  • footling,
  • lilliputian,
  • little,
  • niggling,
  • piddling,
  • piffling,
  • petty,
  • picayune,
  • trivial

5. (of a voice) faint

  • "A little voice"
  • "A still small voice"
  • little,
  • small

6. Low in stature

  • Not tall
  • "He was short and stocky"
  • "Short in stature"
  • "A short smokestack"
  • "A little man"
  • short,
  • little

7. Lowercase

  • "Little a"
  • "Small a"
  • "E.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
  • little,
  • minuscule,
  • small

8. Small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)

  • "A nice little job"
  • "Bless your little heart"
  • "My dear little mother"
  • "A sweet little deal"
  • "I'm tired of your petty little schemes"
  • "Filthy little tricks"
  • "What a nasty little situation"
  • little


1. Not much

  • "He talked little about his family"
  • little

Examples of using

Aren't you too a little bit romantic, Mary?
Have you ever been to Tom's restaurant? It's a nice little spot.
Round off the edges a little.