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small

[ smawl ]
/ smɔl /
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adjective, small·er, small·est.

adverb, small·er, small·est.

noun

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Idioms for small

    feel small, to be ashamed or mortified: Her unselfishness made me feel small.

Origin of small

First recorded before 900; Middle English smale, Old English smæl; cognate with Dutch smal, German schmal
1. See little. 1, 3, 5. Smaller, less indicate a diminution, or not so large a size or quantity in some respect. Smaller, as applied to concrete objects, is used with reference to size: smaller apples. Less is used of material in bulk, with reference to amount, and in cases where attributes such as value and degree are in question: A nickel is less than a dime (in value). A sergeant is less than a lieutenant (in rank). As an abstraction, amount may be either smaller or less, though smaller is usually used when the idea of size is suggested: a smaller opportunity. Less is used when the idea of quantity is present: less courage.
smallness, nounul·tra·small, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for small

small
/ (smɔːl) /

adjective

adverb

noun

smallish, adjectivesmallness, noun
Old English smæl; related to Old High German smal, Old Norse smali small cattle
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Idioms and Phrases with small

small

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