A small amount, as in Will you have some more meat? Yes, just a little. [Early 1400s]
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How to use a little in a sentence
Emendations on the here-a-little-there-a-little plan, while they do no harm, do little good.
In the first place the boys all spoke to him in that specially offensive you're-only-a-little-kid sort of way.War and the Weird | Forbes Phillips
With the "kid," a. little tin cannikin was passed down with molasses.Redburn. His First Voyage | Herman Melville
He remembered that he still had a biscuit in his pocket-a little round biscuit of Huntley and Palmer's.The Quest | Frederik van Eeden
Don't buy the books that have fittingly been called "a-little-child-shall-lead-them" stories.Sunday-School Success | Amos R. Wells