The definition of little is small in size, quantity or importance.(adjective)
An example of little used as an adjective is the phrase a "little cat" which means a cat below the normal size.
Little is defined as only slightly or not much.(adverb)
An example of little used as an adverb is the phrase "working little" which means not getting a decent amount of work.
See little in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME littel < OE lytel (akin to Ger dial. lützel) < base of lyt, small (< IE base *leud-, to stoop > Welsh lludded, fatigue), infl. by ON litill, small (akin to Goth leitils) < IE base *lei-, to decline, be lean > less
See little in American Heritage Dictionary 4
adjective lit·tler or less (lĕs) also less·er (lĕsˈər), lit·tlest or least (lēst)
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English lȳtel.
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