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Little vs. Small

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Littleadjective

Small in size.

‘This is a little table.’;

Smalladjective

Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.

‘A small serving of ice cream.’; ‘A small group.’; ‘He made us all feel small.’;

Littleadjective

Insignificant, trivial.

‘It's of little importance.’;

Smalladjective

(figuratively) Young, as a child.

‘Remember when the children were small?’;

Littleadjective

(offensive) Used to belittle a person.

‘Listen up, you little shit.’;

Smalladjective

Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

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Littleadjective

Very young.

‘Did he tell you any embarrassing stories about when she was little?’; ‘That's the biggest little boy I've ever seen.’;

Smalladjective

Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.

Littleadjective

(of a sibling) Younger.

‘This is my little sister.’;

Smalladjective

Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.

‘a small space of time’;

Littleadjective

Used with the name of place, especially of a country, to denote a neighborhood whose residents or storekeepers are from that place.

Smalladverb

In a small fashion.

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Littleadjective

Small in amount or number, having few members.

‘little money;’; ‘little herd’;

Smalladverb

In or into small pieces.

Littleadjective

Short in duration; brief.

‘I feel better after my little sleep.’;

Smalladverb

(obsolete) To a small extent.

Littleadjective

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

Smallnoun

(rare) Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.

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Littleadverb

Not much.

‘This is a little known fact.’; ‘She spoke little and listened less.’;

Smallverb

To make little or less.

Littleadverb

Not at all.

‘I was speaking ill of Fred; little did I know that he was right behind me, listening in.’;

Smallverb

(intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.

Littledeterminer

Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of).

‘There is little water left.’; ‘We had very little to do.’;

Smalladjective

Having little size, compared with other things of the same kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large or extended in dimension; not great; not much; inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.

‘To compareGreat things with small.’;

Littlepronoun

Not much; not a large amount.

‘Little is known about his early life.’;

Smalladjective

Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business.

Littlenoun

The participant in ageplay who acts out the younger role.

Smalladjective

Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; - sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.

‘A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man.’;

Littleadjective

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.

‘He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.’;

Smalladjective

Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space.

Littleadjective

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

‘Best him enough: after a little time,I'll beat him too.’;

Smalladjective

Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud.

Littleadjective

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

‘Conceited of their little wisdoms, and doting upon their own fancies.’;

Smalladverb

In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.

Littleadjective

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

‘When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes?’;

Smalladverb

Not loudly; faintly; timidly.

‘You may speak as small as you will.’;

Littleadjective

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

‘By sad experiment I knowHow little weight my words with thee can find.’;

Smallnoun

The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back.

Littleadjective

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

‘The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise,Because their natures are little.’; ‘The men, and the women, and the little ones.’;

Smallnoun

Smallclothes.

Littlenoun

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

‘Much was in little writ.’; ‘There are many expressions, which carrying with them no clear ideas, are like to remove but little of my ignorance.’;

Smallnoun

Same as Little go. See under Little, a.

Littlenoun

A small degree or scale; miniature.

‘A little, to or in a small degree; to a limited extent; somewhat; for a short time. " Stay a little."’; ‘The painter flattered her a little.’;

Smallverb

To make little or less.

Littleadverb

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

Smallnoun

the slender part of the back

Littlenoun

a small amount or duration;

‘he accepted the little they gave him’;

Smallnoun

a garment size for a small person

Littleadjective

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

‘a little dining room’; ‘a little house’; ‘a small car’; ‘a little (or small) group’; ‘a small voice’;

Smalladjective

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

‘a little dining room’; ‘a little house’; ‘a small car’; ‘a little (or small) group’; ‘a small voice’;

Littleadjective

(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 hope remained’; ‘little time is left’; ‘we still have little money’; ‘a little hope remained’; ‘a little time is left’;

Smalladjective

limited in size or scope;

‘a small business’; ‘a newspaper with a modest circulation’; ‘small-scale plans’; ‘a pocket-size country’;

Littleadjective

of short duration or distance;

‘a brief stay in the country’; ‘in a little while’; ‘it's a little way away’;

Smalladjective

low or inferior in station or quality;

‘a humble cottage’; ‘a lowly parish priest’; ‘a modest man of the people’; ‘small beginnings’;

Littleadjective

not fully grown;

‘what a big little boy you are’; ‘small children’;

Smalladjective

not fully grown;

‘what a big little boy you are’; ‘small children’;

Littleadjective

(informal terms) small and of little importance;

‘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’; ‘Mickey Mouse regulations’; ‘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’;

Smalladjective

too small to be seen except under a microscope

Littleadjective

(of a voice) faint;

‘a little voice’; ‘a still small voice’;

Smalladjective

not large but sufficient in size or amount;

‘a modest salary’; ‘modest inflation’; ‘helped in my own small way’;

Littleadjective

younger brother or sister;

‘little brother’;

Smalladjective

(of a voice) faint;

‘a little voice’; ‘a still small voice’;

Littleadjective

lowercase;

‘little a’; ‘small a’; ‘e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters’;

Smalladjective

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

‘a series of death struggles with small time in between’;

Littleadjective

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’;

Smalladjective

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

‘her comments made me feel small’;

Littleadverb

not much;

‘he talked little about his family’;

Smalladjective

lowercase;

‘little a’; ‘small a’; ‘e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters’;

Littleadjective

small in size, amount, or degree (often used to convey an appealing diminutiveness or express an affectionate or condescending attitude)

‘a little puppy dog’; ‘a boring little man’; ‘the plants will grow into little bushes’;

Smalladjective

have fine or very small constituent particles;

‘a small misty rain’;

Littleadjective

(of a person) young or younger

‘my little brother’; ‘when she was little she was always getting into scrapes’;

Smalladverb

on a small scale;

‘think small’;

Littleadjective

denoting something, especially a place, that is the smaller or smallest of those so named or is named after a similar larger one

‘the village of Little Chesterton’;

Littleadjective

used in names of animals and plants that are smaller than related kinds, e.g. little grebe.

Littleadjective

of short distance or duration

‘we climbed up a little way’; ‘stay for a little while’;

Littleadjective

relatively unimportant or trivial (often used ironically)

‘I can't remember every little detail’; ‘we have a little problem’;

Littledeterminer

a small amount of

‘you only see a little of what he can do’; ‘we got a little help from a training scheme’;

Littledeterminer

a short time or distance

‘after a little, the rain stopped’;

Littledeterminer

used to emphasize how small an amount is

‘the rouble is worth so little these days’; ‘he ate and drank very little’; ‘there was very little time to be lost’; ‘I have little doubt of their identity’;

Littlepronoun

a small amount of

‘we got a little help from a training scheme’; ‘you only see a little of what he can do’;

Littlepronoun

used to emphasize how small an amount is

‘I have little doubt of their identity’; ‘he ate and drank very little’; ‘the rouble is worth so little these days’; ‘there was very little time to be lost’;

Littlepronoun

Littlepronoun

a short time or distance

‘after a little, the rain stopped’;

Littleadverb

to a small extent

‘I was always a little afraid of her’; ‘he reminded me a little of my parents’;

Littleadverb

only to a small extent; not much or often (used for emphasis)

‘he was little known in this country’; ‘he had slept little these past weeks’;

Littleadverb

hardly or not at all

‘little did he know what wheels he was putting into motion’;

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