Synonyms of 'little'
a diet of one small meal a day
There was insufficient evidence to proceed.
There is scant evidence of strong economic growth to come.
a meagre 3% pay rise
Many slopes are rock fields with sparse vegetation.
The average bathroom measures a measly 3.5 metres.
2 smallDictionary, minute, short
We sat round a little table.
She is small for her age.
Only a minute amount is needed.
I'm tall and thin and he's short and fat.
Though she was tiny, she had a very loud voice.
Fancy being so scared of a wee spider!
a compact computer that could be tucked under the arm and carried like a notebook
The farm has been selling miniature roses since 1979.
the Government's slender 21-seat majority
a diminutive figure stood at the entrance
a petite young brunette
mineral substances present in infinitesimal amounts in the soil
His vocabulary has shrunk to Lilliputian proportions.
munchkin (informal , mainly US)
pygmy or pigmy
3 youngDictionary, small, junior
When I was little, I was hyperactive.
4 unimportantDictionary, minor, petty
He found himself getting angry over little things.
It was an unimportant job, and paid very little.
She is known for a number of minor roles in films.
Rows would start over petty things.
I don't like to visit the doctor just for something trivial.
The guests had each paid £250, no trifling sum.
In 1949 it was still a small, insignificant city.
Managers are convinced that the strike will have a negligible effect.
She had no interest in such paltry concerns.
He was a man of great charm and not inconsiderable wit.
5 shortDictionary, brief, fleeting
She stood up quickly, giving a little cry of astonishment.
We had a short meeting.
This time their visit is brief.
They caught only a fleeting glimpse of the driver.
Any hope that the speech would end the war was short-lived.
people who dismissed mobile phones as a passing fad
After the hasty meal, they took up their positions.
a momentary lapse of concentration
6 meanDictionary, base, cheap (informal)
I won't play your little mind-games.
Upstaging the bride was a particularly mean trick.
That was a cheap trick to play on anyone.
I think that attitude is a bit petty.
He's just a narrow-minded bigot.
their small-minded preoccupation with making money
His views are markedly illiberal.
1 hardlyDictionary, barely, not quite
On the way back they spoke very little.
bitDictionary, touch, spot (British)
Don't give me too much. Just a little.
a bit of cake
She thought she might have a touch of flu.
We've given all the club members tea, coffee and a spot of lunch.
Wash them in cold water to remove all traces of sand.
I glanced at her and saw no hint of irony on her face.
Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
Particles of food can get stuck between the teeth.
She read everything, digesting every fragment of news.
a pinch of salt
a dab of glue
tad (informal , mainly US)
I read a snippet she had cut from a magazine.
He leaned forward and brushed a speck of dust off his shoes.
I like to think I've had a modicum of success.
idiomlittle by little
Little things affect little minds– Sybil]
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Babyish actions, feelings, or looks are like a baby's, or are immature.
I'm ashamed of the babyish nonsense I write.
You use barely to say that something is only just true or only just the case.
His voice was barely audible.
Thesaurus for little from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use little to indicate that there is only a very small amount of something. You can use 'so', 'too', and 'very' in front of little .