['lɪt(ə)l] or ['lɪtl]


(noun.) a small amount or duration; 'he accepted the little they gave him'.

(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' .

(adj.) (of a voice) faint; 'a little voice'; 'a still small voice' .

(adj.) lowercase; 'little a'; 'small a'; 'e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters' .

(adj.) (of children and animals) young, immature; 'what a big little boy you are'; 'small children' .

(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'; 'there's slight chance that it will work'; 'there's a slight chance it will work' .

(adv.) not much; 'he talked little about his family'.

Typist: Preston--From WordNet


(a.) Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child.

(a.) Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.

(a.) Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.

(a.) Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.

(a.) Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence.

(a.) Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.

(n.) That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.

(n.) A small degree or scale; miniature.

(adv.) In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it.

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Synonyms and Synonymous

a. [1]. Small (in size or extent), minute, diminutive, tiny, not great, not large.[2]. Small (in quantity, amount or duration), not much.[3]. Inconsiderable, petty, slight, slender, feeble, moderate, scanty.[4]. Mean, selfish, narrow, paltry, contemptible.

ad. Slightly, in a small degree, in some degree.

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Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Pliant, flexible, limber, supple, elastic, agile, pliable

ANT:Tough, inflexible, inelastic, stiff

SYN:Small, tiny, pigmy, diminutive, short, brief, scanty, unimportant,insignificant, slight, weak, inconsiderable, trivial, illiberal, mean, petty,paltry, dirty, shabby, dwarf

ANT:Big, bulky, large, enormous, huge, monstrous, full-sized, long, full,developed, much, important, grave, serious, momentous, liberal, generous,noble, high-minded, handsome

Checker: Spenser


adj. (comp. Less; superl. Least) small in quantity or extent: weak poor: brief.—n. that which is small in quantity or extent: a small space.—adv. in a small quantity or degree: not much.—ns. Litt′le-ease discomfort misery: a form of punishment as the stocks; Litt′le-end′ian one of the Lilliputian party who opposed the Big-endians maintaining that boiled eggs should be cracked at the little end; Litt′le-go (see Go); Litt′leness; Litt′le-off′ice a short service of psalms hymns collects &c.—adj. Litt′leworth worthless.—By little and little by degrees; In little on a small scale; Not a little considerably.

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