small

Things that are small are little. Children, lower-case letters, lady bugs, and thumb tacks are all small.

This is a comparative word for things that are tiny. A size small shirt won't fit a big person. If you ask for a small favor, it had better not be a big deal. When someone makes you feel small, that's not a physical thing: it means they made you feel bad, like less of a person. A Yorkie is a small dog, but it's not small compared to a mouse. Everything is small (and large) compared to something else.

Primary Meanings of small

1.
adjnadv
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
a garment size for a small person
on a small scale
2.
adj
low or inferior in station or quality
3.
n
the slender part of the back
Full Definitions of small
1

adj limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

“a small car”
Synonyms:
little
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 limited in size or scope

“a small business”
small-scale plans”
Synonyms:
minor, modest, pocket-size, pocket-sized, small-scale
limited
small in range or scope

adj slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope

“a series of death struggles with small time in between”
Synonyms:
little, slight
(quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some

adj (of children and animals) young, immature

small children”
Synonyms:
little
immature, young
(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

adj not large but sufficient in size or amount

“helped in my own small way”
Synonyms:
modest
moderate
being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

adj lowercase

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

adj have fine or very small constituent particles

“a small misty rain”
Synonyms:
fine
of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles

n a garment size for a small person

Type of:
size
the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)

adv on a small scale

“think small
Antonyms:
big
on a grand scale
2

adj low or inferior in station or quality

small beginnings”
Synonyms:
humble, low, lowly, modest
inferior
of or characteristic of low rank or importance

adj made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)

“her comments made me feel small
Synonyms:
belittled, diminished
decreased, reduced
made less in size or amount or degree

adj (of a voice) faint

“a still small voice”
Synonyms:
little
soft
(of sound) relatively low in volume
3

n the slender part of the back

Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

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