little

[ lit-l ]
/ ˈlɪt l /

adjective, lit·tler or less or less·er, lit·tlest or least.

adverb, less, least.

noun

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Idioms for little

Origin of little

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English lȳtel (lȳt “few, small” + -el diminutive suffix), cognate with Dutch luttel, Old High German luzzil, Old Norse lītill

SYNONYMS FOR little

1-4 tiny, teeny, wee.

synonym study for little

1-4. Little, diminutive, minute, small refer to that which is not large or significant. Little (the opposite of big ) is very general, covering size, extent, number, quantity, amount, duration, or degree: a little boy; a little time. Small (the opposite of large and of great ) can many times be used interchangeably with little, but is especially applied to what is limited or below the average in size: small oranges. Diminutive denotes (usually physical) size that is much less than the average or ordinary; it may suggest delicacy: the baby's diminutive fingers; diminutive in size but autocratic in manner. Minute suggests that which is so tiny it is difficult to discern, or that which implies attentiveness to the smallest details: a minute quantity; a minute exam.

OTHER WORDS FROM little

lit·tlish [lit-l-ish, lit-lish], /ˈlɪt l ɪʃ, ˈlɪt lɪʃ/, adjectivelit·tle·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for little

little
/ (ˈlɪtəl) /

determiner

adjective

adverb

Word Origin for little

Old English lӯtel; related to lӯr few, Old High German luzzil
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Idioms and Phrases with little

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