Little meaning

lĭtl
Little is defined as only slightly or not much.

An example of little used as an adverb is the phrase "working little" which means not getting a decent amount of work.

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Unimportant; trivial.

A little matter.

adjective
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The definition of little is small in size, quantity or importance.

An example of little used as an adjective is the phrase a "little cat" which means a cat below the normal size.

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Narrow; petty.

Mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia.

adjective
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Having scant power or influence; of minor status.

Just a little clerk in the records office.

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Short in extent or duration; brief.

There is little time left.

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Not much; scarcely.

Works long hours, sleeping little.

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Not in the least; not at all.

They little expected such a generous gift.

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A small quantity or amount.

Give me a little.

noun
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Something much less than all.

I know little of their history.

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A short distance or time.

A little down the road; waited a little.

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Small in amount, number, or degree; not much.
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Short in duration or distance; brief; not long.
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Small in importance or power.

The rights of the little man.

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Small in force, intensity, etc.; weak.
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Trivial; trifling.
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Lacking in breadth of vision; narrow-minded; illiberal.

A little mind.

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Small and quite young.
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Younger.

Her little brother.

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In a small degree; to a slight extent; only slightly; not much.
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Not in the least.

He little suspects the plot.

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A short time or distance.
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A surname​.
pronoun
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Small in size; not big, large, or great.
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a little
  • Somewhat; a bit:
    Felt a little better.
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little by little
  • By small degrees or increments; gradually.
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in little
  • on a small scale; in miniature
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little by little
  • by slow degrees or small amounts; gradually
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make little of
  • to treat as not very important; depreciate
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not a little
  • very much; very
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some little
  • a considerable amount or extent of
    Stayed for some little time.
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Origin of little

  • Middle English from Old English lȳtel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition