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Words used to describe small amounts and quantities - thesaurus

Synonyms

little

adverb

used for referring to an extremely small amount of something

few

determiner

used for emphasizing that a number of people or things is very small, especially when the number is smaller than you would like or expect

slight

adjective

small in size, amount, or degree

scant

adjective

very little, or not enough

minimum

adjective

as small in amount or degree as necessary or possible

mere

adjective

used for emphasizing that something is small or unimportant

sparse

adjective

existing in small amounts, or a large distance apart

barely

adverb

used for emphasizing how small an amount is

as few as

used before a number for emphasizing that it is smaller than you might expect

limited

adjective

not very good, or not very great in amount

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any

adverb

used instead of ‘some’ for saying or asking whether there is a small amount of something or a small number of people or things

as little as

used before an amount for showing how small it is, when this is surprising

bare

adjective

used for emphasizing how small an amount is

by a whisker

by a very small amount

dinky

adjective

informalmainly American very small in size, amount, or importance

exiguous

adjective

very formal extremely small in quantity

faintest

adjective

used for emphasizing that something is very slight or very small

in short/limited supply

available only in small quantities, so that there is not enough

in small doses

in small amounts, or for short periods of time

in the way of

if there is not much in the way of something, there is not much of that particular thing

least

adjective

used for emphasizing how small something is, especially when it is so small that it almost does not exist

light

adjective

not much in quantity

lightly

adverb

in small amounts, or using only a small amount of something

low

adjective

small in amount or level

merely

adverb

used for emphasizing that something is small or unimportant

minimal

adjective

extremely small in amount or degree, or as small as possible

minority

adjective

relating to or forming a minority

miserly

adjective

showing disapproval a miserly amount is very small and not enough

only

adjective

used for emphasizing that an amount, number, size, age, percentage etc is small or smaller than expected

paltry

adjective

a paltry amount or number is very small

passing

adjective

slight

pitiful

adjective

a pitiful amount of something is very small and not enough

precious little/few

used for emphasizing how little there is of something

running low

if something is running low, or if you are running low on something, there is not much of it left

scant

adjective

not more than a small amount or number

scanty

adjective

not much, and less than is needed

slender

adjective

very small in degree and only just enough

sparingly

adverb

in small quantities

thin

adjective

small in number or amount

thinly

adverb

with only a few people or things that are far apart from each other

thin on the ground

not available in large amounts or numbers

you can count something on (the fingers of) one hand

used for saying that there are very few things or people of a particular type

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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