- household linen, as napkins, pillowcases, etc.
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OTHER WORDS FROM smallsmallness, nounul·tra·small, adjective
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What is a basic definition of small?
Small is an adjective that describes something as little or not of large size. Small can also describe something as being low in number or amount. Small has many other senses as an adjective, adverb, and noun and is used in several idioms.
If something or someone is small, they are little or diminutive. They are physically short or take up a low amount of physical space. Small can also describe something as being less big than other similar things. For example, a pony is a small horse. The noun form of this sense of small is smallness.
- Real-life examples: Chihuahuas are small dogs. Ants are small animals. A dime is a small coin.
- Used in a sentence: The letters were too small to read.
Small also describes something as being low in number.
- Real-life examples: A group of 100 soldiers is a very small army. A town that only has 30 people living in it has a small population.
- Used in a sentence: I started my business with a small team of trusted friends.
Small can also describe something as not being of a large amount or great degree.
- Used in a sentence: She won a few small bets before betting it all and winning the jackpot.
Where does small come from?
The first records of small come from before 900. It ultimately comes from the Old English smæl and is related to the Dutch smal and the German schmal.
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What are some other forms related to small?
- smallness (noun)
- ultrasmall (adjective)
- smallish (adjective)
What are some synonyms for small?
What are some words that share a root or word element with small?
What are some words that often get used in discussing small?
How is small used in real life?
Small is a very common word used to mean something is little, low in number, or low in amount.
For the first time this year, Twitter is adding a small icon after the hashtag for the month.
A great excuse to us it… immoderately!#LGBTHM21
— LGBT+ History Month 🏳️🌈 (@LGBTHM) February 1, 2021
Small cats give me life. He's a beautiful boy 💕
— Nicola Fieldsend (@NFieldsend) April 9, 2021
‘Girl’ was originally a generic term for any small child, regardless of gender.
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) August 16, 2020
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Is small used correctly in the following sentence?
The box was too small to hold my TV, so I had to find a bigger box.
How to use small in a sentence
According to Grady of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, well-placed donations to smaller organizations can have exponential impacts.Can Billionaires Really Save Us from Climate Disaster?|Heather Hansman|February 12, 2021|Outside Online
Before I discard the plastic, I cut it up into tiny pieces so that small animals do not get caught in them and they don't try to eat them.Hints From Heloise: New scam tied to coronavirus pandemic|Heloise Heloise|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Over small plates, Renee talked about her love for food and Willie talked about his love for cooking.
So please think carefully before you demote small-talky situations to a priority below your laundry piles.Carolyn Hax: No time for small talk? That’s building a big wall.|Carolyn Hax|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Castor addressed a small crowd from the stage before Coach Bruce Arians and General Manager Jason Licht offered enthusiastic — and colorful — comments of their own.Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate Super Bowl LV victory in boat parade|Cindy Boren, Glynn A. Hill|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
Something like fluoride, which is too small for normal filters, yanks away that feeling of agency.
And yes, someone has already called Spencer a “Small Fry,” har har.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was seen by a small delegation of star-struck prelates and dignitaries who later described the film as “moving.”Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.
Inside the guild, men in caps and long gowns sit in twos, weaving together in small rooms.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Duchess had also a tent for their sick men; so that we had a small town of our own here, and every body employed.
Suddenly, however, he became aware of a small black spot far ahead in the very middle of the unencumbered track.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
He is perplexed and hindered by the lack of soldiers, but is doing his best with his small forces.
A small book, bound in full purple calf, lay half hidden in a nest of fine tissue paper on the dressing-table.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Before the outlaw can comply with this small request the horn sounds again.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
British Dictionary definitions for small
Derived forms of smallsmallish, adjectivesmallness, noun
Word Origin for small
Other Idioms and Phrases with small
In addition to the idioms beginning with small
- small beer
- small cog in a large wheel
- small frog in a big pond
- small fry
- small hours
- small print
- small talk
- small time
- small wonder
- big fish in a small pond
- (small) cog in the wheel
- give thanks for small blessings
- it's a small world
- little (small) frog in a big pond
- make a (small) fortune
- no (small) wonder
- still small voice