Definition and Meanings for little

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Little is ranked 846 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of little

adjective, noun, adverb

Etymology of little

oe. litel, lutel, as. l, l, l; akin to os. littil, d. luttel, lg. l, ohg. luzzil, mhg. l; and perh. to as. lytig deceitful, lot deceit, goth. liuts deceitful, lut to deceive; cf. also icel. l little, sw. liten, dan. liden, lille, goth. leitils, which appear to have a different root vowel

Meaning of little


as adjective

  • small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child.
  • short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.
  • small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.
  • small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.
  • small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence.
  • small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.

as noun

  • that which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
  • a small degree or scale; miniature.

as adverb

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