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Meaning of LITTLE

Pronunciation:  'litl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small amount or duration; "he accepted the little they gave him"
  2. [adv]  not much; "he talked little about his family"
  3. [adj]  small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context); "a nice little job"; "bless your little heart"; "my dear little mother"; "a sweet little deal"; "I'm tired of your petty little schemes"; "filthy little tricks"; "what a nasty little situation"
  4. [adj]  (informal terms) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
  5. [adj]  limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"; "a small voice"
  6. [adj]  of short duration or distance; "a brief stay in the country"; "in a little while"; "it's a little way away"
  7. [adj]  (of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice"
  8. [adj]  lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
  9. [adj]  not fully grown; "what a big little boy you are"; "small children"

LITTLE is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: bantam, bittie, bitty, brief, diminutive, dinky, dwarf, dwarfish, elfin, elflike, emotional, fiddling, footling, gnomish, half-size, immature, infinitesimal, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, least, lesser, lilliputian, littler, littlest, lowercase, Mickey Mouse, micro, microscopic, midget, miniature, miniscule, minuscule, minute, niggling, petite, petty, picayune, piddling, piffling, pocket-size, pocket-sized, puny, runty, short, shrimpy, slender, slim, small, smaller, smallest, smallish, small-scale, soft, teensy, teensy-weensy, teentsy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, trivial, undersize, undersized, unimportant, wee, weensy, weeny, young
 Antonyms: big, large
 See Also: small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lit"tle\, a. [The regular comparative of this word is
    wanting, its place being supplied by less, or, rarely,
    lesser. See {Lesser}. For the superlative least is used, the
    regular form, littlest, occurring very rarely, except in some
    of the English provinces, and occasionally in colloquial
    language. `` Where love is great, the littlest doubts are
    fear.'' --Shak.] [OE. litel, lutel, AS. l?tel, l[=i]tel, l?t;
    akin to OS. littil, D. luttel, LG. l["u]tt, OHG. luzzil, MHG.
    l["u]tzel; and perh. to AS. lytig deceitful, lot deceit,
    Goth. liuts deceitful, lut?n to deceive; cf. also Icel.
    l[=i]till little, Sw. liten, Dan. liden, lille, Goth.
    leitils, which appear to have a different root vowel.]
    1. 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.
       He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the
       press, because he was little of stature.    --Luke xix. 3.
    2. Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.
             Best him enough: after a little time, I'll beat him
             too.                                  --Shak.
    3. Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food;
       a little air or water.
             Conceited of their little wisdoms, and doting upon
             their own fancies.                    --Barrow.
    4. Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great;
       insignificant; contemptible.
             When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou
             not made the head of the tribes?      --I Sam. xv.
    5. Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight;
       inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little
       effort; little care or diligence.
             By sad experiment I know How little weight my words
             with thee can find.                   --Milton.
    6. Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow;
       contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
             The long-necked geese of the world that are ever
             hissing dispraise, Because their natures are little.
    {Little chief}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Chief hare}.
    {Little finger}, the fourth and smallest finger of the hand.
    {Little go} (Eng. Universities), a public examination about
       the middle of the course, which as less strict and
       important than the final one; -- called also {smalls}. Cf.
       {Great go}, under {Great}. --Thackeray.
    {Little hours} (R. C. Ch.), the offices of prime, tierce,
       sext, and nones. Vespers and compline are sometimes
    {Little ones}, young children.
             The men, and the women, and the little ones. --Deut.
                                                   ii. 34.
  2. \Lit"tle\, n.
    1. That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or
       the like.
             Much was in little writ.              --Dryden.
             There are many expressions, which carrying with them
             no clear ideas, are like to remove but little of my
             ignorance.                            --Locke.
    2. A small degree or scale; miniature. `` His picture in
       little.'' --Shak.
             A little, to or in a small degree; to a limited
             extent; somewhat; for a short time. `` Stay a
             little.'' --Shak.
             The painter flattered her a little.   --Shak.
    {By little and little}, or {Little by little}, by slow
       degrees; piecemeal; gradually.
  3. \Lit"tle\, adv.
    In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat;
    -- often with a preceding it. `` The poor sleep little.''
  4. \Lit"tle\, a.
    {Little Englander}, an Englishman opposed to territorial
       expansion of the British Empire. See {Antiimperialism},
       above. Hence:
    {Little Englandism}.
    {Little-neck clam}, or {Little neck} (Zo["o]l.), the quahog,
       or round clam.
    {Little peach}, a disease of peaches in which the fruit is
       much dwarfed, and the leaves grow small and thin. The
       cause is not known.
    {Little Rhod"y}, Rhode Island; -- a nickname alluding to its
       small size. It is the smallest State of the United States.
    {Little Sisters of the Poor} (R. C. Ch.), an order of women
       who care for old men and women and infirm poor, for whom
       special houses are built. It was established at St.
       Servan, Britany, France, in 1840, by the Abb['e] Le
    {Little slam} (Bridge Whist), the winning of 12 out of the 13
       tricks. It counts 20 points on the honor score. Living
Computing Dictionary

A typeless language used to produce machine-independent software. LITTLE has been used to implement SETL.

"Guide to the LITTLE Language", D. Shields, LITTLE Newsletter 33, Courant Inst (Aug 1977).

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