little

Anything small, brief, young, or unimportant can be described as little. If you live in a little cottage, it means your house is very small, and quite possibly adorable.

The word little describes something tiny and sweet, like a little kitten or a little doll house rocking chair. Little can also mean some, but not much, like when you only want a little soup — not a big bowl, or when you put little effort into your appearance when you are doing yard work. The expression little by little means very slowly, or by tiny increments, like learning a new language little by little.

Primary Meanings of little

1.
adjadvn
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
not much
a small amount or duration
2.
adj
small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
Full Definitions of little
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adj limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

“a little dining room”
“a little house”
“a little (or small) group”
Synonyms:
small
atomic
immeasurably small
subatomic
of smaller than atomic dimensions
bantam, diminutive, flyspeck, lilliputian, midget, petite, tiny
very small
bittie, bitty, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, teensy, teensy-weensy, teentsy, teeny, teeny-weeny, wee, weensy, weeny
(used informally) very small
dinky
small and insignificant
dwarfish
atypically small
elfin, elflike
small and delicate
gnomish
used of small deformed creatures
half-size
half the usual or regular size
infinitesimal, minute
infinitely or immeasurably small
lesser
smaller in size or amount or value
microscopic, microscopical
so small as to be invisible without a microscope
micro
extremely small in scale or scope or capability
miniature
being on a very small scale
miniscule, minuscule
very small
olive-sized
about the size of an olive
pocket-size, pocket-sized, pocketable
small enough to be carried in a garment pocket
puny, runty, shrimpy
(used especially of persons) of inferior size
slender, slim
small in quantity
littler, smaller
small or little relative to something else
smallish
rather small
small-scale
created or drawn on a small scale
undersize, undersized
smaller than normal for its kind
Antonyms:
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
ample, sizable, sizeable
fairly large
astronomic, astronomical, galactic
inconceivably large
bear-sized
large as a bear
bigger, larger
large or big relative to something else
biggish, largish
somewhat large
blown-up, enlarged
as of a photograph; made larger
bouffant, puffy
being puffed out; used of hair style or clothing
broad, spacious, wide
very large in expanse or scope
bulky
of large size for its weight
capacious
large in capacity
colossal, prodigious, stupendous
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
deep
large in quantity or size
double
large enough for two
enormous, tremendous
extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
cosmic
inconceivably extended in space or time
elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumbo
of great mass; huge and bulky
epic, heroic, larger-than-life
very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
extended, extensive
large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity
gigantic, mammoth
so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth
great
relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind
grand
large and impressive in physical size or extent
Brobdingnagian, huge, immense, vast
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
hulking, hulky
of great size and bulk
banging, humongous, thumping, walloping, whopping
(used informally) very large
king-size, king-sized
extra large
large-mouthed
having a relatively large mouth
large-scale
unusually large in scope
large-scale
constructed or drawn to a big scale
full-size, life-size, life-sized, lifesize
being of the same size as an original
macroscopic, macroscopical
large enough to be visible with the naked eye
macro
very large in scale or scope or capability
man-sized
very large; appropriate to the size of a man
massive, monolithic, monumental
imposing in size or bulk or solidity
massive
imposing in scale or scope or degree or power
medium-large
of anything that is large but not the largest
monstrous
abnormally large
mountainous
like a mountain in size and impressiveness
outsize, outsized, oversize, oversized
larger than normal for its kind
overlarge, too large
excessively large
plumping
very large; of exceptional size for its kind
queen-size, queen-sized
(used especially of beds) not as large as king-size
rangy
allowing ample room for ranging
super
extremely large
titanic
of great force or power
volumed
formed or rising in rounded masses
voluminous
large in volume or bulk
whacking
(British informal) enormous
wide-ranging
including much
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adj (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”
Synonyms:
slight
small
slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope
less
(comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree
Antonyms:
much
(quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent
overmuch
very great in quantity; overabundant
some
relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent
such
of so extreme a degree or extent
untold
of an incalculable amount
more, more than
(comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree
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adj low in stature; not tall

“a little man”
Synonyms:
short
low
literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
chunky, dumpy, low-set, squat, squatty, stumpy
short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature
compact, heavyset, stocky, thick, thickset
having a short and solid form or stature
half-length
representing only the upper half of the body
pint-size, pint-sized, runty, sawed-off, sawn-off
well below average height
short-stalked
of plants having relatively short stalks
squab, squabby
short and fat
Antonyms:
tall
great in vertical dimension; high in stature
high
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
gangling, gangly, lanky, rangy
tall and thin and having long slender limbs
in height
having a specified height
leggy, long-legged, long-shanked
having long legs
leggy, tall-growing
(of plants) having tall spindly stems
long
of relatively great height
long-stalked, tall-stalked
of plants having relatively long stalks
stately, statuesque
of size and dignity suggestive of a statue
tallish
somewhat tall
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adj (of children and animals) young, immature

“what a big little boy you are”
Synonyms:
small
immature, young
(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

adj (informal) small and of little importance

“a little (or small) matter”
Synonyms:
fiddling, footling, lilliputian, niggling, petty, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial
unimportant
not important

adj (of a voice) faint

“a little voice”
Synonyms:
small
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume

adj lowercase

little a”
Synonyms:
miniscule, minuscule, small
lowercase
relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case

adv not much

“he talked little about his family”

n a small amount or duration

“he accepted the little they gave him”
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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adj 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”
Synonyms:
emotional
of more than usual emotion

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