little

Definitions

  • LITTLE MISS MUFFET
    LITTLE MISS MUFFET
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj little 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"
    • adj little (informal) 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","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"
    • adj little 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"
    • adj little (of a voice) faint "a little voice","a still small voice"
    • adj little lowercase "little a","small a","e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
    • adj little (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","gave it little thought","little time is left","we still have little money","a little hope remained","there's slight chance that it will work","there's a slight chance it will work"
    • adj little (of children and animals) young, immature "what a big little boy you are","small children"
    • adj little low in stature; not tall "he was short and stocky","short in stature","a short smokestack","a little man"
    • adv little not much "he talked little about his family"
    • n little a small amount or duration "he accepted the little they gave him"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

LITTLE ROBIN REDBREAST SAT UPON A TREE LITTLE ROBIN REDBREAST SAT UPON A TREE
THIS LITTLE PIG WENT TO MARKET THIS LITTLE PIG WENT TO MARKET
LITTLE FRED LITTLE FRED
LITTLE TOM TUCKER LITTLE TOM TUCKER
I love little Pussy I love little Pussy
THIS LITTLE PIG THIS LITTLE PIG
LITTLE PEACHLING LITTLE PEACHLING
I want to spread a little sunshine I want to spread a little sunshine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A little under one quarter of the people in the world are vegetarians
    • Little A small degree or scale; miniature. "His picture in little .""A little, to or in a small degree; to a limited extent; somewhat; for a short time. “ Stay a little .”""The painter flattered her a little ."
    • adv Little In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; -- often with a preceding it. "The poor sleep little ."
    • Little Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep. "Best him enough: after a little time,
      I'll beat him too."
    • Little 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?"
    • Little (R. C. Ch) 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 ."
      "The men, and the women, and the little ones ."
    • Little 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."
    • Little 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."
    • Little 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."
    • Little That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like. "Much was in little writ.""There are many expressions, which carrying with them no clear ideas, are like to remove but little of my ignorance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dogs can't decifer size. Thats why little dogs are mean.
    • little Not large or much. Of small size, bulk, or compass; diminutive, absolutely or relatively: as, a little grain of sand; a little child or man; the little finger.
    • little Not large in number; having few constituent, members or parts: as, a little army or fleet; a little city.
    • little Not much; of small amount, quantity, or degree; restricted; limited: as, a little food or drink; little joy or happiness; little influence.
    • little Not of great extent or duration; not long; short in space or time; brief: as, a little way or distance; a little while.
    • little Not great; small in consideration, dignity, consequence, etc.; petty; inconsiderable; insignificant: as, a little office; little affairs; a little accident.
    • little Hence— Petty in character; mean; narrow; wanting breadth or largeness: as, a little soul or mind.
    • little Synonyms Minute, tiny.
    • little and Scanty, slender, moderate.
    • little Insignificant, contemptible, weak. See littleness.
    • n little A small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
    • little In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly.
    • little To become little or less.
    • little To make less. Compare belittle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shoe salesmen have been using those little wooden measuring sticks since 1657.
    • adj Little lit′l (comp. Less; superl. Least) small in quantity or extent: weak, poor: brief
    • n Little that which is small in quantity or extent: a small space
    • adv Little in a small quantity or degree: not much
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Quotations

  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Often he who does too much does too little.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “We seldom report of having eaten too little.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Sow much, reap much; sow little, reap little.”
  • Robert Frost
    Robert%20Frost
    “You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Mankind is made great or little by its own will.”

Idioms

A little bird told me - If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them.
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A little learning is a dangerous thing - A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.eg. he said he'd done a course on home electrics, but when he tried to mend my table lamp, he fused all the lights! I think a little learning is a dangerous thing
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Bless your pointy little head - This expression is used as to patronise someone, especially when they don't realise that they're not very clever.
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Little ol' me - Little ol' me is a way of referring to yourself that is meant to be modest or self-deprecatory, though often fake.
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Little pitchers have big ears - (USA) This means that children hear more and understand the world around them better than many adults realize.
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Little strokes fell great oaks - Meaning: even though something may seem impossible, if you break it up into small parts and take one step at a time, you will succeed.
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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow - Big or great things start very small.
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To little avail - If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. litel, lutel, AS. lȳtel, lītel, lȳt,; akin to OS. littil, D. luttel, LG. lütt, OHG. luzzil, MHG. lützel,; and perh. to AS. lytig, deceitful, lot, deceit, Goth. liuts, deceitful, lutōn, to deceive; cf. also Icel. lītill, little, Sw. liten, Dan. liden, lille, Goth. leitils, which appear to have a different root vowel

Usage

In literature:

Cecil is sleeping soundly, and she glides down to talk a little, play a little, and sing a few songs.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He crept round this little hill and that little salmon-berry bush until he was right under the snow hill.
"Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends" by Roy J. Snell
All they do for us is to imperil the little nerve, break through the little calm, we have left.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It was determined that she was to open a little shop, and Jason advanced her one hundred taler.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
They had a nice little, warm little, soft little bed down in the basement, close to the furnace.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
In a little old house in a little old village in Japan lived a little old man and his little old wife.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Her face became a little pinched, a little white round her lips.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
But Little thought he had detected a note of sincerity in that dismal wail and undertook a little scrutiny himself.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Once upon a time there lived a little old man and a little old woman in a house all made of hemp stalks.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
A little grass, a little boiled paste, a little broth of meat on Sundays.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

They tear them down—the little homes—
They cannot leave them long;
It is as if they robbed the world
Of every little song.
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne
What though we boast nor wealth, nor pow'r,
Each sorrow to relieve,
A little from our little store
The poor shall yet receive;
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
A little while the Vine-branch liv'd,
The smiles of heaven sharing,
A little while it seemed as blest
As those the stem was bearing.
"The Vine-Branch" by Caroline Fry
Praps you know the Fondling Chapel,
Vere the little children sings:
(Lor! I likes to hear on Sundies
Them there pooty little things!
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Why then—ah! then. Go you his ways,
Not mine. His is the summer sea,
On which the little waves shall trip;
And his the little roses be.
"Congratulation" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
With bloom thy cheeks are now refin'd,
Now to thine eye the tear is given;
At once too cruel and too kind,—
A little hell, a little heaven.
"Time And The Lover" by Sir John Carr

In news:

Great little playhouse becomes 'Best Little Whorehouse '.
Recently, with little provocation and equally little vigor it was brought to my attention that I am a wimp .
And speaking of little and amazing, you ought to check out my amazing little windscreens .
Looking over the retail landscape, more than ever it is clear that little by little outsiders are nipping away at the conventional home textiles world.
It's a little thing we like to do where you get to vent about the little things in life that just drive you mad.
Knowing just a little, they project fantasies: 'the poor little shtetl.
Little by little, one travels far.
Most presidential nominations to key government posts sail through the Senate with little debate and (occasionally these days) little delay.
Abigail Marie Little, 4 year old princess of Anthony Charles and Ashley Marie (Green) Little, died Friday afternoon, July 27, 2012, as a result of injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident at Kroemer Rd.
Ann Scruggs from Statesville grew up watching the Little Rascals and was a member of the Little Rascals Club.
LITTLE FALLS — Rachelle LeBlanc won all four events leading to a first-place all-around score of 36.5, but the Little Falls Flyers fell to Rush City 127-124.9 Friday in a non-conference meet Friday.
Hugh Freeze will be at Ole Miss for a little longer, and he'll have a little more spending money in his pocket after receiving a one-year contract extension and a $500,000 raise.
Participating Walmart locations are in Benton, the Little Rock store on Cantrell and the Little Rock store on Shackleford.
In 1976, The Education of Little Tree was published as the autobiography of a little known southern author, Forest Carter.
Granted I've been a little extra focused on my computer screen lately and the heat has kept us inside a little more but … wow.
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In science:

Our derived surface density is consistent with little or no volume density of such ob jects since z ∼ 1.5.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
These methods usually apply to independently mobile robots that are not physically connected and have little or no physical contact.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
As the tension of a little string is unchanged under T-duality, this statement is true of all the ODp theories.
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
Superficially, this is the scaling of the little string theory .
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
And even the first assumption involves very little loss of generality, since (D) implies that S is finite if it is finitely generated.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
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