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adjective little pronunciation in British English /ˈlɪt(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    [usually before noun] small in size or number
    Use the little pan for making the sauce.
    There’s a little group of us who meet once a week.
    a little bit of something: Little bits of hay still clung to her skirt.
    little tiny/tiny little: There’s a little tiny crack in it.
    a tiny little garden
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    1. a.
      used in a positive way for referring to small people or things that you like
      a little old lady
      nice/pretty/cute/sweet/lovely little: a pretty little cottage in the country
      poor little: Poor little thing, you must be starving!
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    2. b.
      used in a negative way for referring to small people or things that you do not like
      You little brat!
      one of those narrow-minded little racists
      nasty/cheeky/silly/stupid little: She wrote me a nasty little letter.
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  2. 2
    young, and often small. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children
    a little boy/girl/child
    When I was little, we didn’t have computers at school.
  3. 3
    [only before noun] lasting a short time
    a little while: I’ll be with you in a little while.
    1. a.
      continuing for a short distance
      Molly carried her a little way towards the house.
  4. 4
    not important
    He gets upset at the least little thing.
    There are just some little details to sort out.
  5. 5
    controlled and involving a small amount of movement, effort, or emotion
    a little smile/laugh
    Jules said goodnight with a formal little bow.



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