I. adjective Etymology: Middle English smal, from Old English smæl; akin to Old High German smal small, Greek mēlon small domestic animal Date: before 12th century 1. a. having comparatively little size or slight dimensions b. lowercase 2. a. minor in influence, power, or rank b. operating on a limited scale 3. lacking in strength <
a small voice
4. a. little or close to zero in an objectively measurable aspect (as quantity, amount, or value) b. made up of few or little units 5. a. of little consequence ; trivial, insignificant <
a small problem
b. humble, modest <
a small beginning
6. limited in degree 7. a. mean, petty b. reduced to a humiliating position • smallish adjectivesmallness noun Synonyms: small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number <
a relatively small backyard
. little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity <
your pathetic little smile
. diminutive implies abnormal smallness <
diminutive bonsai plants
. minute implies extreme smallness <
a minute amount of caffeine in the soda
. tiny is an informal equivalent to minute <
tiny cracks formed in the painting
. miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale <
a dollhouse with miniature furnishings
. II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. in or into small pieces 2. without force or loudness <
speak as small as you will — Shakespeare
3. in a small manner III. noun Date: 14th century 1. a part smaller and especially narrower than the remainder <
the small of the back
2. a. plural small-sized products b. plural, chiefly British smallclothes; especially underwear

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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