little
I. adjective (littler or less or lesser; littlest or least) Etymology: Middle English littel, from Old English lȳtel; akin to Old High German luzzil little Date: before 12th century 1. not big: as a. small in size or extent ; tiny <
has little feet
>
b. young <
was too little to remember
>
c. of a plant or animal small in comparison with related forms — used in vernacular names d. having few members or inhabitants <
a little group
>
<
little towns
>
e. small in condition, distinction, or scope <
big business trampling on the little fellow
>
f. narrow, mean <
the pettiness of little minds
>
g. pleasingly small <
a cute little thing
>
h. — used as an intensive <
why, you little devil!
>
2. not much: as a. existing only in a small amount or to a slight degree <
has little money
>
b. short in duration ; brief c. existing to an appreciable though not extensive degree or amount — used with a <
had a little money in the bank
>
3. small in importance or interest ; trivial Synonyms: see smalllittleness noun II. adverb (less; least) Date: before 12th century 1. a. in only a small quantity or degree ; slightly <
facts that were little known at the time
>
b. not at all <
cared little for their neighbors
>
2. rarely, infrequently III. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a small amount, quantity, or degree; also practically nothing <
little has changed
>
2. a. a short time b. a short distance

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