small

[ smawl ]
/ smɔl /

adjective, small·er, small·est.

adverb, small·er, small·est.

noun

Idioms for small

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

Origin of small

before 900; Middle English smale (adj., noun, and adv.), Old English smæl; cognate with Dutch smal, German schmal

SYNONYMS FOR small

1 tiny. See little.
2 slight.
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.
9 trifling, petty, unimportant, minor, secondary, nugatory, inconsequential, paltry, insignificant.
11 small-minded, narrow-minded, mean, selfish, narrow.
12 feeble.

OTHER WORDS FROM small

small·ness, nounul·tra·small, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smallness

small
/ (smɔːl) /

adjective

adverb

noun

Derived forms of small

smallish, adjectivesmallness, noun

Word Origin for small

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

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

also see:

  • 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
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