['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. . Small (in size or extent), minute, diminutive, tiny, not great, not large.. Small (in quantity, amount or duration), not much.. Inconsiderable, petty, slight, slender, feeble, moderate, scanty.. 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
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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- How we shall conciliate this little creature, said Mrs. Bretton to me, I don't know: she tastes nothing, and by her looks, she has not slept. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- In each bladder was a small quantity of dried peas, or little pebbles, as I was afterwards informed. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- Permit me to mention one little instance, which, though it relates to myself, will not be quite uninteresting to you. Benjamin Franklin. Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin.
- And what do you call these little fellows, ma'am? Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Come, come, I'll write you a cheque,' said the little man; and down he sat at the table for that purpose. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- I am much better here,' said Little Dorrit, faintly. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- You made a quiet little round game of it, among a family group, and you played it out at leisure. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- One sees very little about it in the newspapers and popular magazines, in spite of the fact that it is the keystone, so to speak, of the motion-picture industry. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- Hence, indeed, his position as a senator was not a little useful to him. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- Bois-Guilbert made an effort to suppress his rising scorn and indignation, the expression of which, he was well aware, would have little availed him. Walter Scott. Ivanhoe.
- He tried to look knowing over the Latin grammar when little Rawdon showed him what part of that work he was in. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- Yes, we went out to get a little air. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Again you find us, Miss Summerson, said he, using our little arts to polish, polish! Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- But in the better grades of material the printing is well done, and the color designs are fairly fast, and a little care in the laundry suffices to eliminate any danger of fading. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- Our fair client seemed a little confused. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
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