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(1)   Made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
"Her comments made me feel small"
(2)   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"
(3)   Limited in size or scope
"A small business"
"A newspaper with a modest circulation"
"Small-scale plans"
"A pocket-size country"
(4)   (of a voice) faint
"A little voice"
"A still small voice"
(5)   Lowercase
"Little a"
"Small a"
"E.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
(6)   Not large but sufficient in size or amount
"A modest salary"
"Modest inflation"
"Helped in my own small way"
(7)   (of children and animals) young, immature
"What a big little boy you are"
"Small children"
(8)   Have fine or very small constituent particles
"A small misty rain"
(9)   Low or inferior in station or quality
"A humble cottage"
"A lowly parish priest"
"A modest man of the people"
"Small beginnings"


(10)   On a small scale
"Think small"


(11)   A garment size for a small person
(12)   The slender part of the back


  1. Not large or big; insignificant; few in numbers or size.
    A small serving of ice cream.
    A small group.
    He made us all feel small.
  2. Young, as a child.
    Remember when the children were small?
  3. Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.


little, microscopic, minuscule, minute, tiny little, wee , young lowercase, minuscule



  1. Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.
  2. Underclothes.