[ UK /lˈɪtə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈɫɪtəɫ/ ]
  1. not much
    he talked little about his family
  1. (of children and animals) young, immature
    what a big little boy you are
    small children
  2. limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
    a little dining room
    a small car
    a little house
    a little (or small) group
  3. (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
    little rain fell in May
    a little hope remained
    there's slight chance that it will work
    we still have little money
    little time is left
    gave it little thought
    there's a slight chance it will work
  4. small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
    I'm tired of your petty little schemes
    a sweet little deal
    my dear little mother
    filthy little tricks
    bless your little heart
    a nice little job
    what a nasty little situation
  5. low in stature; not tall
    a little man
    a short smokestack
    short in stature
    he was short and stocky
  6. (of a voice) faint
    a still small voice
    a little voice
  7. (informal) small and of little importance
    our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war
    giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction
    a little (or small) matter
    limited to petty enterprises
    a fiddling sum of money
    piffling efforts
    piffling efforts
    a footling gesture
    a dispute over niggling details
  8. lowercase
    little a
    e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters
    small a
  1. a small amount or duration
    he accepted the little they gave him
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How To Use little In A Sentence

  • He was a cute little beggar, looked like you as well.
  • A little pyrotechnics display tacked on just serves to emphasise its lack of cutting edge. Times, Sunday Times
  • I'm just a little bit caught in the middle. Life is a maze and love is a riddle, I don't know where to go, can't do it alone.
  • But yes, good of Prof. Adler, who I hope will be a little chary of Althousian pseudoreality in future. The Volokh Conspiracy » Taking the Washington Post to School
  • In her house apron and with her hair a little ruffled she looked younger, startled and then angry. THE WHITE DOVE
  • We learn a little more about how interconnected the world is. Times, Sunday Times
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, chillis and refried beans to the casserole with a little salt and pepper. 5.
  • But he has to be a little more careful about how he reacts. The Sun
  • Instead of asking the fortunate few, why doesn't Ted asked the gifted masses of state employees to do a little giveback? We're! Number! 5! (Jack Bog's Blog)
  • The lady was kissing a little lap dog.
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