Synonyms of 'small'
1 littleDictionary, minute, tinyShe is small for her age.
We sat round a little table.
Only a minute amount is needed.
Though she was tiny, she had a very loud voice.
It's only made a slight difference.
The farm has been selling miniature roses since 1979.
reducing his handwriting to minuscule proportions
a diminutive figure stood at the entrance
The people on the ground looked like little, teeny bugs.
Our Kevin has always been a puny lad.
Two pint-sized kids emerged from a doorway.
undersized and underweight babies
His vocabulary has shrunk to Lilliputian proportions.
pygmy or pigmy
2 intimateDictionary, close, privatea small select group of friends
3 youngDictionary, little, growing upWhat were you like when you were small?
I was still too young to understand what was going on.
When I was little, I was hyperactive.
Fancy being so scared of a wee spider!
a scheme to lock up persistent juvenile offenders
youthful enthusiasm and high spirits
The birds were in immature plumage.
new-hatched, unfledged courage
in the springtime of life
4 unimportantDictionary, minor, trivialNo detail was too small to escape her attention.
It was an unimportant job, and paid very little.
She is known for a number of minor roles in films.
I don't like to visit the doctor just for something trivial.
In 1949 it was still a small, insignificant city.
He found himself getting angry over little things.
Rows would start over petty things.
The guests had each paid £250, no trifling sum.
Managers are convinced that the strike will have a negligible effect.
She had no interest in such paltry concerns.
arguing over piddling amounts of money
5 modestDictionary, small-scale, humbleshops, restaurants and other small businesses
6 softDictionary, low, quieta very small voice
7 foolishDictionary, uncomfortable, humiliatedThis may be just another of her schemes to make me feel small.
8 meagreDictionary, inadequate, insufficienta diet of one small meal a day
a meagre 3% pay rise
Supplies of food and medicine are inadequate.
There was insufficient evidence to proceed.
The hole was a scant 0.23 inches in diameter.
The average bathroom measures a measly 3.5 metres.
So far, what scanty evidence we have points to two subjects.
The shop has a very limited selection.
He was a man of great charm and not inconsiderable wit.
make someone feel small
Small is beautiful – title of book]
The best things come in small packages
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If someone is ashamed, they feel embarrassed or guilty because of something they do or they have done, or because of their appearance.
She was ashamed that she looked so shabby.
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Thesaurus for small from the Collins English Thesaurus
A small person, thing, or amount of something is not large in physical size.