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Definition 1: a small amount or duration - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he accepted the little they gave him

(little is a kind of ...) an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

Definition 2: low in stature; not tall - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was short and stocky
  • short in stature
  • a short smokestack
  • a little man

Synonyms for little in the sense of this definition

(little is similar to ...) short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature

"some people seem born to be square and chunky" "a dumpy little dumpling of a woman" "dachshunds are long lowset dogs with drooping ears" "a little church with a squat tower" "a squatty red smokestack" "a stumpy ungainly figure"

(little is similar to ...) having a short and solid form or stature

"a wrestler of compact build" "he was tall and heavyset" "stocky legs" "a thickset young man"

(little is similar to ...) representing only the upper half of the body

"a half-length portrait"

(little is similar to ...) well below average height

(little is similar to ...) of plants having relatively short stalks

(little is similar to ...) short and fat

(means also ...) literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension

"low ceilings" "low clouds" "low hills" "the sun is low" "low furniture" "a low bow"

(... are attributes of little) (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot

Definition 3: limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a little dining room
  • a little house
  • a small car
  • a little (or small) group

Synonyms for little in the sense of this definition

(little is similar to ...) smaller than normal for its kind

(little is similar to ...) extremely small in scale or scope or capability

(little is similar to ...) being on a very small scale

"a miniature camera"

(little is similar to ...) extremely small

"a minuscule kitchen" "a minuscule amount of rain fell"

(little is similar to ...) about the size of an olive

(little is similar to ...) small enough to be carried in a garment pocket

"pocket-size paperbacks"

(little is similar to ...) (used especially of persons) of inferior size

(little is similar to ...) small in quantity

"slender wages" "a slim chance of winning" "a small surplus"

(little is similar to ...) small or little relative to something else

(little is similar to ...) rather small

(little is similar to ...) created or drawn on a small scale

"small-scale maps" "a small-scale model"

(little is similar to ...) so small as to be invisible without a microscope

"differences were microscopic"

(little is similar to ...) smaller in size or amount or value

"the lesser powers of Europe" "the lesser anteater"

(little is similar to ...) immeasurably small

(little is similar to ...) of smaller than atomic dimensions

(little is similar to ...) very small

"diminutive in stature" "a lilliputian chest of drawers" "her petite figure" "tiny feet" "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"

(little is similar to ...) (used informally) very small

"a wee tot"

(little is similar to ...) small and unimpressive

"we stayed in a dinky old hotel" "an insignificant sum of money"

(little is similar to ...) atypically small

"dwarf tree" "dwarf star"

(little is similar to ...) small and delicate

"she was an elfin creature--graceful and delicate" "obsessed by things elfin and small"

(little is similar to ...) used of small deformed creatures

(little is similar to ...) half the usual or regular size

(little is similar to ...) infinitely or immeasurably small

"two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm" "reduced to a microscopic scale"

(... are attributes of little) the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)

"a wolf is about the size of a large dog"

Definition 4: (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for little in the sense of this definition

(little is similar to ...) slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope

"a series of death struggles with small time in between"

(means also ...) (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree

"of less importance" "less time to spend with the family" "a shower uses less water" "less than three years old"

Definition 5: not much - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he talked little about his family

Definition 6: small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 is similar to ...) of more than usual emotion

"his behavior was highly emotional"

Definition 7: lowercase - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • little a
  • small a
  • e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters

Synonyms for little in the sense of this definition

(little is similar to ...) relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case

"lowercase letters; a and b and c etc"

Definition 8: (of a voice) faint - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a little voice
  • a still small voice

Synonyms for little in the sense of this definition

(little is similar to ...) (of sound) relatively low in volume

"soft voices" "soft music"

Definition 9: (informal) small and of little importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for little in the sense of this definition

(little is similar to ...) not important

"a relatively unimportant feature of the system" "the question seems unimportant"

(little is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 10: (of children and animals) young, immature - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where little or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • what a big little boy you are
  • small children

Synonyms for little in the sense of this definition

(little is similar to ...) (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

"young people"

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