An example of little used as an adverb is the phrase "working little" which means not getting a decent amount of work.
A little matter.
An example of little used as an adjective is the phrase a "little cat" which means a cat below the normal size.
Mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia.
Just a little clerk in the records office.
There is little time left.
Works long hours, sleeping little.
They little expected such a generous gift.
Give me a little.
I know little of their history.
A little down the road; waited a little.
The rights of the little man.
A little mind.
Her little brother.
He little suspects the plot.
- Somewhat; a bit:Felt a little better.
- By small degrees or increments; gradually.
- on a small scale; in miniature
- by slow degrees or small amounts; gradually
- to treat as not very important; depreciate
- very much; very
- a considerable amount or extent ofStayed for some little time.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of little
- Middle English from Old English lȳtel
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition