Adjective "Smallest" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈlɪt(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Small in size, amount, or degree (often used to convey an appealing diminutiveness or express an affectionate or condescending attitude)
  1. 'a little puppy dog'
  2. 'Both men saw the rabbit race from the branches with his little puffy tail ablaze.'
  3. 'There's always a little old man sat behind the counter, and no one ever seems to be in there.'
  4. 'Special little token prizes will be presented to all boys and girls under three and four.'
  5. 'I am not this little old biddy sitting at home with nothing better to do.'
  6. 'What you can do to avoid that is to eat a number of little small meals throughout the day.'
  7. 'When you put it in your tea you have little waxy bits floating at the top of the mug.'
  8. 'You're left with a neat little philosophical exercise in trying to assess the true source of its value.'
  9. 'Many shops throughout Europe are selling cute little furry kitten figurines.'
  10. 'They're like tiny little orange triangular men, all silently judging you as you drive past them.'
  11. 'The little back area is for sitting down, chilling out, reading the papers.'
  12. 'my little brother'
  13. 'When I was little, my mother had a cleaner come around who was also an Avon lady in her spare time.'
  14. 'He had also tried to walk on water when he was little but the outcome was unsuccessful.'
  15. 'I stay with the same family when I am there, and I am Uncle Hamish to a lot of little Moroccan children.'
  16. 'One of my friends has a little brother who was a member of the Stampede Showband.'
  17. 'I had a long chat with my little brother this week about starting up my business.'
  18. 'One night, when I was little, I heard a report on the probability of nuclear attack.'
  19. 'When we were little however we used to be made fun of all the time by a boy who moved away.'
  20. 'It is exactly like the arguments your parents gave you when you were little.'
  21. 'I was too little to understand what had happened and too intimidated to argue with the teacher.'
  22. 'As I saw him off at the airport, I was at once proud of him, sad and anxious - he was my little brother.'
  23. 'the village of Little Chesterton'
  24. 'Whether you live in the suburbs or in the vital enclaves of a Little India, you are a part of America and American life.'
  25. 'Crews from Farnworth have tackled 289 car fires of which 121 were in Little Hulton.'
  26. 'Trinidad, the land of my birth, should not be considered a Little India or a Little Africa.'
  27. 'He was born in 1914 in Skidhouse Street in Little Horton and has lived in the city for the majority of his life.'
  28. 'In 1929 the group broke away and moved into the Little Germany Theatre - then called the Civic.'
  29. 'stay for a little while'
  30. 'Some important Taliban buildings are set a little distance away from the civilian population.'
  31. 'She was a little distance off, digging into her bag.'
  32. 'The little pony watched him curiously from a little distance away, tied loosely to a tree.'
  33. 'I can't remember every little detail'
  34. 'I like the little details, like the space to rest your left foot, and the movement of the seat.'
  35. 'I suppose the best encouragement I can offer is to pay attention to all the little details.'
  36. 'If they ask, you could always tell a little white lie and say you were doing, I dunno, tai chi or something.'
  37. 'Was it the big plot points that you wanted to reflect in your life or the mundane little details that you were going for?'

pronoun & determiner

A small amount of.
  1. as pronoun 'you only see a little of what he can do'
  2. 'The smart traveller takes a little of everything because things can, and do, go wrong.'
  3. 'Put them in shallow dish and pour a little of the lime juice over them.'
  4. 'He asked me, as someone who knows a little of the reality, if I could help to set the record straight.'
  5. 'Warm a little of the oil by putting a small jar of it in a pan of warm water.'
  6. 'I can't not tell that story in a way that doesn't bring a little of that to the front of my own head again.'
  7. 'At one time most farms were mixed farms, which meant they kept a little of everything and often grew a variety of crops.'
  8. 'Most of the stuff out there just doesn't pack the same punch that the old tunes do and we want to bring back a little of the old touch.'
  9. 'Sprinkle with a little of the leftover spring onions and serve immediately with extra cheese.'
  10. 'I was going to tell you a little of what's been happening, but there are two things standing in my way.'
  11. 'Any oxtail had vanished and it stank of truffle oil; a little of this condiment goes a long way.'
Used to emphasize how small an amount is.
  1. 'there was very little time to be lost'
  2. 'the rouble is worth so little these days'
  3. 'He said the defendants had lied to police, lied to the court and demonstrated little genuine remorse.'
  4. 'There is little happy middle ground and the public is left not knowing whether to take it seriously or to ignore it all.'
  5. 'There appears to have been little adverse reaction from those at the party about Harry's costume.'
  6. 'Green says there has been little available in the way of arts programming for some years.'
  7. 'This means there will be very little on-street parking available in this area.'
  8. 'There is little doubt that these cases in particular have led to the numerous threats to her life.'
  9. 'There has been little public discussion of this, and even less consultation.'
  10. 'There can be little doubt about that because it happens to be the law of nature.'
  11. 'My point today is not whether you think I have done too little or too much.'
  12. 'Yes, it is the silly season, both locally and nationally, with little news worth reporting.'

adverb

To a small extent.
  1. 'I was always a little afraid of her'
  2. 'Things were always a little shaky, but it has never been this bad before, they say.'
  3. 'Predictions that he would drop like a stone were therefore a little premature.'
  4. 'My sense of isolation has shifted slightly from being wholly pleasant to being a little edgy.'
  5. 'The concept of an elementary particle becomes a little nebulous in such circumstances.'
  6. 'In this country there has always been something a little amateurish about gambling.'
  7. 'It is always sensible to be a little sceptical about the politicians' preparedness.'
  8. 'I am a little afraid to ask what it is, but I do know I will not be eating much of this.'
  9. 'The day after the night when the clocks change is always a little strange, don't you find?'
  10. 'Naturally we were all a little apprehensive as we touched the ice and slid along the wild runway.'
  11. 'This was my only disappointment of the evening, being a little insipid for my taste.'
Only to a small extent; not much or often (used for emphasis)
  1. 'he had slept little these past weeks'
  2. 'Whatever happened in the past, the biblical message is little known in those lands today.'
  3. 'little did he know what wheels he was putting into motion'
  4. 'They pointed out how little human nature has changed over the last thousand years.'
  5. 'Oh wait that's little different to being ruled by a mobster, and brutally murdered and repressed.'
  6. 'We are little wiser about her wishes or perceptions, except that she would have liked to stay at The Arc.'

Definitions

adjective, smaller, smallest.

1. of limited size; of comparatively restricted dimensions; not big; little: a small box.

2. slender, thin, or narrow: a small waist.

3. not large as compared with others of the same kind: a small elephant.

4. (of letters) lowercase (def 1).

5. not great in amount, degree, extent, duration, value, etc.: a small salary.

6. not great numerically: a small army.

7. of low numerical value; denoted by a low number.

8. having but little land, capita

Origin

(small)Old English lȳtel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch luttel, German dialect lützel.

Phrase

in little
little by little
little or nothing
make little of
no little
not a little
quite a little
quite the little —