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a little (not comparable)

  1. To a small extent or degree.
    The door was opened a little.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Hi, Amelia! Are you busy? — I’m a little busy.
    • 2018 "The Spear of Selene", Duck Tales
      Scrooge McDuck "A little salty."
      Zeus "Dip not good enough for you mortal? You offend Olympus!"





a little

  1. A small amount.
    A little water has spilled.

Usage notesEdit

  • A little is used only with uncountable nouns. A few or some are preferred for countable nouns.