little - definition and synonyms


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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.