Idioms about little
- to belittle: to make little of one's troubles.
- to understand or interpret only slightly: Scholars made little of the newly discovered text.
Origin of little
synonym study for little
OTHER WORDS FROM littlelit·tlish [lit-l-ish, lit-lish], /ˈlɪt l ɪʃ, ˈlɪt lɪʃ/, adjectivelit·tle·ness, noun
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What is a basic definition of little?
Little describes something that is small in size. Little also describes a short time. And little can refer to a small amount of something. Little has many other senses as an adjective, adverb, and noun.
If something is little, it is tiny or physically small. Little is the opposite of words like big, huge, and gigantic. The noun form of this sense is littleness.
Real-life examples: Newborn babies are little. A single grain of sand is little. A dime is a little coin compared to quarters and nickels.
Used in a sentence: I found a little piece of paper tucked inside the small book.
Little also describes a short amount of time. This sense is commonly used as “a little while” or “a little bit.” This sense is a synonym of words like brief or short.
Real-life examples: A five-minute rest is a little break. You might go away for a weekend and call it a little vacation. You might stay at a friend’s house for a little while before saying goodbye. And 367 days is a little over a year.
Used in a sentence: We stopped at the gas station for a little bit to fill up the car before continuing our trip.
Little can also describe a small amount of something.
Real-life examples: A chef might add a little salt to a recipe. There might be a little rain on a cloudy day. A new chess player usually has little chance of beating a professional.
Used in a sentence: She added to the romantic atmosphere by playing a little music.
Little is also used in this sense as a noun.
Used in a sentence: If you are looking for paint, there is a little in the supply closet.
Where does little come from?
The first records of little come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English lȳtel, a diminutive of the word lȳt, meaning “few” or “small.” Lȳtel is related to the Dutch luttel and the Old Norse lītill.
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What are some other forms related to little?
- littlish (adjective)
- littleness (noun)
- little finger
- little by little
- little people
- little frog in a big pond
What are some synonyms for little?
What are some words that often get used in discussing little?
How is little used in real life?
Little is a very common word often used to mean something is small, short, or of a low quantity.
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I lost focus for a little while but I’m back on my grind.
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Trying to find ways to employ people so that they can at least earn a little money. Having my windows cleaned on the outside today. #lockdown
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Is little used correctly in the following sentence?
The fence stops big animals, but little animals can still squeeze through the small gaps.
How to use little in a sentence
Mounting a winch can take a little time, and you’ll usually need a bracket specific to your ATV, but it’s not all that difficult.
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Everybody is trapped in an elevator together and tempers run a little hot.
How about baby drama with little Abijean and the Wee Baby Seamus?
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Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.
It is most peculiar, and when he plays that way, the most bewitching little expression comes over his face.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
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Squinty could look out, but the slats were as close together as those in a chicken coop, and the little pig could not get out.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
We should have to admit that the new law does little or nothing to relieve such a situation.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for little
- a small quantity, extent, or duration ofthe little hope there is left; very little milk
- (as pronoun)save a little for me
- a lot
Word Origin for little
Other Idioms and Phrases with little
In addition to the idioms beginning with little
- little bird told one, a
- little by little
- little frog in a big pond
- little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a
- little pitchers have big ears
- a little
- every little bit helps
- in one's own (little) world
- make little of
- precious few (little)
- think little of
- to little purpose
- too little, too late