Middle English , from litel Old English , from lȳtel Proto-Germanic ( *lūtilaz “ tending to stoop, crouched, little ”), from Proto-Indo-European ( *lewd- “ to bend, bent, small ”), equivalent to + lout . Cognate with Dutch -le , German luttel and lütt , lützel West Frisian , lyts Low German , lütt Old High German , luzzil Middle High German , lützel Old English ; and perhaps to Old English lūtan ( lytig “ deceitful, lot deceit ”), Gothic ( 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍄𐍃 liuts, “ deceitful ”), ( 𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽 lutjan, “ to deceive ”); compare also Icelandic ( lítill “ little ”), Swedish , Danish liten , liden , lille Gothic ( 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 leitils), which appear to have a different root vowel. More at lout.
little ( comparative less or lesser or , littler superlative least or ) littlest
Small in size.
This is a little table.
: 2013 June 21, Chico Harlan, “ Japan pockets the subsidy …”, , volume 189, number 2, page 30 The Guardian Weekly
Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."
It's of little importance. Very
Did he tell you any embarrassing stories about when she was little?
That's the biggest little boy I've ever seen.
( of a sibling ) Younger.
This is my little sister.
Used with the name of
place, especially of a country, to denote a neighborhood whose residents or storekeepers are from that place.
1871 October 18, The One-eyed Philosopher [pseudonym], "Street Corners", in Judy: or the London serio-comic journal, volume 9, page 255 :
If you want to find
Little France, take any turning on the north side of Leicester square, and wander in a zigzag fashion Oxford Streetwards. The Little is rather smokier and more squalid than the Great France upon the other side of the Manche.
2004, Barry Miles, Zappa: A Biography, 2005 edition, ISBN 080214215X, page 5:
In the forties, hurdy-gurdy men could still be heard in all those East Coast cities with strong Italian neighbourhoods: New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. A visit to Baltimore's
Little Italy at that time was like a trip to Italy itself.
Small in amount or number, having few members.
little money; little herd Short in duration; brief.
a little sleep Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise, / Because their natures are
Usage notes Edit
Some authorities regard both
littler and littlest as non-standard. The OED says of the word little: " the adjective has no recognized mode of comparison. The difficulty is commonly evaded by resort to a synonym (as smaller, smallest); some writers have ventured to employ the unrecognized forms littler, littlest, which are otherwise confined to dialect or imitations of childish or illiterate speech." The forms lesser and least are encountered in animal names such as lesser flamingo and least weasel.
small in size
Albanian: please add this translation if you can Arabic:
( صغير ṣaġīr) Aragonese:
ܙܥܘܪܐ ( m z‘ūrā, z‘ūro), ܙܥܘܪܬܐ ( f z‘ūrtā, z‘ūrto) Armenian:
( փոքր pʿokʿr), ( մանր manr) Aromanian:
Aymara: please add this translation if you can Azeri:
kiçik (az) Bashkir:
( бәләкәй bäläkäy) Basque:
( маленькі maljénʹki), ( малы malý) Bengali:
( ছোট choṭô)
Breton: please add this translation if you can Bulgarian:
малък ( (bg) málǎk) Burmese:
သေး ( (my) the:), နုပ် ( (my) nok) Catalan:
petit (ca) Chechen:
( жима žima), кегий ( pl kiegī) Cherokee:
( ᎤᏍᏗ usdi) Chinese:
小 ( (zh) xiǎo) Crimean Tatar:
, kiçik kiçkene Czech:
malý (cs) Dalmatian:
lille , (da) ( with plural noun ) små Dutch:
klein (nl) Esperanto:
väike (et) Faroese:
pieni (fi) French:
Friulian: please add this translation if you can Galician:
pequeno (gl) Georgian:
პატარა ( (ka) patara), ( მცირე mc’ire) German:
klein , (de) wenig , (de) ( colloquial ) lütt , (de) lützel (de) Gothic:
( 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 leitils) Greek:
μικρός ( (el) mikrós), λίγος ( (el) lígos)
Gujarati: please add this translation if you can Hawaiian:
זעורא ( m z‘ūrā, z‘ūro), זעורתא ( f z‘ūrtā, z‘ūrto) Hebrew:
קטן ( (he) katán) Hindi:
छोटा ( (hi) choṭā) Hungarian:
kicsi , (hu) kis (hu) Icelandic:
Ido: please add this translation if you can Indonesian:
kecil (id) Interlingua:
Interlingue: please add this translation if you can Irish:
piccolo (it) Japanese:
小さい ( (ja) ) ちいさい, chiisai
Kannada: please add this translation if you can Kazakh:
( кіші kişi), ( кішкене kişkene) Khmer:
តូច ( (km) tooc) Korean:
작은 ( (ko) jageun) Kurdish:
( بچووک bichook), ( بچکۆله bichkola) Kyrgyz:
( кичине kiçine), ( кичинекей kiçinekey) Lao:
( ນ້ອຍ nööj) Latin:
parvus , (la) paulus Latvian:
mazs (lv) Lithuanian:
Luxembourgish: please add this translation if you can Macedonian:
( мал mal) Malay:
Malayalam: please add this translation if you can Maltese:
, żgħir żgħira , f żgħar pl Maori:
, iti , poniponi , riki , nohinohi paku Mapudungun:
Marathi: please add this translation if you can
Mirandese: please add this translation if you can Mongolian:
( жижиг žižig)
Nepali: please add this translation if you can Ngazidja Comorian:
liten , (no) liten (no) Novial:
pichon , (oc) petit
Oriya: please add this translation if you can Pashto:
( وړوکی waṛukay), ( کوچنی kučnay) Persian:
کوچک ( (fa) kuček), خرد ( (fa) xord), که ( (fa) kah) Polish:
mały (pl) Portuguese:
Punjabi: please add this translation if you can Quechua:
as , (qu) aslla , (qu) ichik , (qu) pisi , (qu) taksa , (qu) uchuy (qu)
Rajasthani: please add this translation if you can Rapa Nui:
, iti rikiriki Romanian:
mic (ro) Russian:
маленький ( (ru) málenʹkij), малый ( (ru) mályj) Sanskrit:
( अल्प álpa) Santali:
( ᱯᱤᱞᱪᱩ pilcu) Scots:
wee Scottish Gaelic:
, beag , mean , meanbh mion Serbo-Croatian:
nicu (scn) m
Sikkimese: please add this translation if you can Sinhalese:
( කුඩා kuḍā) Skolt Sami:
malý (sk) Slovene:
majhen (sl) Spanish:
pequeño (es) Swedish:
liten (sv) Tagalog:
( хурд xurd)
Tamil: please add this translation if you can Tatar:
( кече keçe), ( кечек keçek), ( бәләкәй bäläkäy) Telugu:
చిన్న ( (te) cinna) Thai:
เล็ก ( (th) lék) Tibetan:
( ཆུང་ཆུང chung chung) Tok Pisin:
küçük (tr) Turkmen:
( маленький malénʹkyj), малий ( (uk) malýj) Urdu:
( چھوٹا choṭā)
Uyghur: please add this translation if you can Uzbek:
kichik (uz) Vietnamese:
tiểu (Sino-Vietnamese, rare), (vi) nhỏ (vi)
Volapük: please add this translation if you can
Walloon: please add this translation if you can Welsh:
bach (cy) West Frisian:
Xhosa: please add this translation if you can
Zulu: please add this translation if you can
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little ( comparative less or , lesser superlative ) least
This is a little known fact.
She spoke little and listened less.
: 1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher
But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ [… ] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […], and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “ Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, BBC Sport:
But as United saw the game out, little did they know that, having looked likely to win their 13th Premier League title, it was City who turned the table to snatch glory from their arch-rivals' grasp.
little ( comparative , less superlative ) least Not
much, only a little: only a small amount (of).
There is little water left.
We had very little to do.
Usage notes Edit
Little is used with uncountable nouns, with plural countable nouns. few
Related terms Edit
Statistics Edit Last modified on 20 February 2014, at 12:37