ALL meanings of a little

a lit·tle
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  • adjective a little small amount 1
  • adverb a little slightly 1
  • noun a little short time 1
  • noun a little a small amount 1
  • adjective a little small in size; not big; not large; tiny: a little desk in the corner of the room. 1
  • adjective a little short in duration; not extensive; short; brief: a little while. 1
  • adjective a little small in number: a little group of scientists. 1
  • adjective a little small in amount or degree; not much: little hope. 1
  • adjective a little of a certain amount; appreciable (usually preceded by a): We're having a little difficulty. 1
  • adjective a little being such on a small scale: little farmers. 1
  • adjective a little younger or youngest: He's my little brother. 1
  • adjective a little not strong, forceful, or loud; weak: a little voice. 1
  • adjective a little small in consideration, importance, position, affluence, etc.: little discomforts; tax reductions to help the little fellow. 1
  • adjective a little mean, narrow, or illiberal: a little mind. 1
  • adjective a little endearingly small or considered as such: Bless your little heart! 1
  • adjective a little amusingly small or so considered: a funny little way of laughing. 1
  • adjective a little contemptibly small, petty, mean, etc., or so considered: filthy little political tricks. 1
  • adverb a little not at all (used before a verb): He little knows what awaits him. 1
  • adverb a little in only a small amount or degree; not much; slightly: a little-known work of art; little better than a previous effort. 1
  • adverb a little seldom; rarely; infrequently: We see each other very little. 1
  • noun a little a small amount, quantity, or degree: They did little to make him comfortable. If you want some ice cream, there's a little in the refrigerator. 1
  • noun a little a short distance: It's down the road a little. 1
  • noun a little a short time: Stay here for a little. 1
  • idioms a little in little, on a small scale; in miniature: a replica in little of Independence Hall. 1
  • idioms a little little by little, by small degrees; gradually: The water level rose little by little. 1
  • idioms a little make little of, belittle: to make little of one's troubles. to understand or interpret only slightly: Scholars made little of the newly discovered text. 1
  • idioms a little not a little, to a great extent; very much; considerably: It tired me not a little to stand for three hours. 1
  • idioms a little think little of, to treat casually; regard as trivial: They think little of driving 50 miles to see a movie. 1
  • adverb a little To a small extent or degree. 0
  • determiner a little a small amount. 0
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