- The definition of small is someone or something that is little or young.
- An example of small is a grain of sand as compared to a rock.
- An example of small is a two year old child.
- little in size, esp. when compared with others of the same kind; not large or big; limited in size
- little in quantity, extent, numbers, value, duration, etc.: a small income
- of slight intensity; of limited degree or scope
- consisting of relatively few units; numerically low
- of little importance or significance; trivial
- young: a book for small children
- having relatively little investment, capital, etc.: a small business
- small-minded; mean; petty
- of low or inferior rank; ordinary; not notable
- modest or humble
- gentle and low; soft: said of sound or the voice
- diluted; light; weak: small ale
Origin of smallMiddle English smal, narrow, slender ; from Old English smæl, akin to German schmal, narrow ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)mēlo-, smaller animal: see mal-
- in small pieces
- in a low, faint tone; softly
- in a small manner
- the small or narrow part: the small of the back
- small things or articles collectively
- Brit., Informal
- Archaic smallclothes
to feel shame or humiliation
- a. Being below average in size: a small car.b. Being below average in quantity or extent: a small donation; a small project.
- Limited in importance or significance; trivial: a small matter.
- Having limited position, influence, or status; minor: “A crowd of small writers had vainly attempted to rival Addison” (Thomas Macaulay).
- Unpretentious; modest: made a small living; helped the cause in my own small way.
- Not fully grown; very young: a small child.
- Narrow in outlook; petty: a small mind.
- Having been belittled; humiliated: Their comments made me feel small.
- Diluted; weak. Used of alcoholic beverages.
- Lacking force or volume: a small voice.
- Lowercase: Type the password in small letters.
- In small pieces: Cut the meat up small.
- Without loudness or forcefulness; softly.
- In a small manner.
- A part that is smaller or narrower than the rest: the small of the back.
- smallsa. Small things considered as a group.b. Chiefly British Small items of clothing.
Origin of smallMiddle English smal, from Old English smæl.
- A surname.