English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'small'

(adjective) 
Definition
not large in size or amount
She is small for her age.
Synonyms
little
We sat round a little table.
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minute
Only a minute amount is needed.
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tiny
Though she was tiny, she had a very loud voice.
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slight
It's only made a slight difference.
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mini
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miniature
The farm has been selling miniature roses since 1979.
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minuscule
reducing his handwriting to minuscule proportions
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diminutive
a diminutive figure stood at the entrance
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teeny (informal)
The people on the ground looked like little, teeny bugs.
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puny
Our Kevin has always been a puny lad.
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pint-sized (informal)
Two pint-sized kids emerged from a doorway.
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pocket-sized
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undersized
undersized and underweight babies
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teeny-weeny
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Lilliputian
His vocabulary has shrunk to Lilliputian proportions.
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teensy-weensy
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pygmy or pigmy
Opposites
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mega (slang)
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stellar (informal)
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sizable or sizeable
(adjective) 
a small select group of friends
Synonyms
intimate
I discussed this only with my intimate friends.
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close
She and Linda became very close.
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private
I've always kept my private and professional life separate.
He hardly ever betrayed his private thoughts.
(adjective) 
Definition
(of a child or animal) young
What were you like when you were small?
Synonyms
young
I was still too young to understand what was going on.
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little
When I was little, I was hyperactive.
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growing up
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wee
Fancy being so scared of a wee spider!
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juvenile
a scheme to rehibilitate persistent juvenile offenders
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youthful
youthful enthusiasm and high spirits
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immature
The birds were in immature plumage.
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unfledged
new-hatched, unfledged courage
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in the springtime of life
(adjective) 
Definition
unimportant or trivial
No detail was too small to escape her attention.
Synonyms
unimportant
It was an unimportant job, and paid very little.
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minor
She is known for a number of minor roles in films.
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trivial
I don't like to visit the doctor just for something trivial.
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insignificant
In 1949 it was still a small, insignificant city.
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little
He found himself getting angry over little things.
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petty
Rows would start over petty things.
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trifling
The guests had each paid £250, no trifling sum.
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negligible
Managers are convinced that the strike will have a negligible effect.
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paltry
She had no interest in such paltry concerns.
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piddling (informal)
arguing over piddling amounts of money
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
modest or humble
shops, restaurants and other small businesses
Synonyms
modest
the modest home of a family who lived off the land
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small-scale
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humble
He came from a fairly humble, poor background.
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unpretentious
The Tides Inn is both comfortable and unpretentious.
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Opposites
(adjective) 
a very small voice
Synonyms
soft
When he woke again he could hear soft music.
She spoke in a soft whisper.
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low
Her voice was so low he had to strain to catch it.
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quiet
A quiet murmur passed through the classroom.
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inaudible
His voice was almost inaudible.
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low-pitched
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noiseless
Her soft shoes were noiseless on the marble floor.
(adjective) 
This may be just another of her schemes to make me feel small.
Synonyms
foolish
How foolish I was not to have seen my doctor earlier.
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humiliated
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crushed
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stupid
I wouldn't call it art. It's just stupid and tasteless.
You won't go and do anything stupid, will you?
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ashamed
He was ashamed at how shabbily he had dressed for the occasion.
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deflated
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mortified
I was absolutely mortified about making the mistake.
(adjective) 
Definition
not large in size or amount
a diet of one small meal a day
Synonyms
meagre
a meagre 3% pay rise
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inadequate
Supplies of food and medicine are inadequate.
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insufficient
There was insufficient evidence to proceed.
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scant
The hole was a scant 0.23 inches in diameter.
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measly (informal)
The average bathroom measures a measly 3.5 metres.
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scanty
So far, what scanty evidence we have points to two subjects.
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limited
The shop has a very limited selection.
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inconsiderable
He was a man of great charm and not inconsiderable wit.
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
mean, ungenerous, or petty
Synonyms
petty
I think that attitude is a bit petty.
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mean
Upstaging the bride was a particularly mean trick.
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narrow
a narrow and outdated view of family life
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quotation

Small is beautiful [Professor E.F. Schumachertitle of book]

proverb

The best things come in small packages

Additional synonyms

in the sense of ashamed
Definition
overcome with shame or remorse
He was ashamed at how shabbily he had dressed for the occasion.
Synonyms
shy,
humbled,
humiliated,
red-faced,
chagrined,
flustered,
discomfited,
discountenanced
in the sense of base
in the sense of close
Definition
intimate
She and Linda became very close.

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