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adj. lit·tler or less (lĕs) also less·er (lĕs′ər), lit·tlest or least (lēst)
a. Small in size: a little dining room.
b. Small in quantity or extent: a little money; a little work on the side. See Synonyms at small.
2. Short in extent or duration; brief: There is little time left.
3. Unimportant; trivial: a little matter.
4. Narrow; petty: mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia.
5. Having scant power or influence; of minor status: just a little clerk in the records office.
a. Being at an early stage of growth; young: a little child.
b. Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling: My little brother is leaving for college next week.
adv. less or lesser, least
1. Not much; scarcely: works long hours, sleeping little.
2. Not in the least; not at all: They little expected such a generous gift.
1. A small quantity or amount: Give me a little.
2. Something much less than all: I know little of their history.
3. A short distance or time: a little down the road; waited a little.
Somewhat; a bit: felt a little better.
little by little
By small degrees or increments; gradually.
[Middle English, from Old English lȳtel.]
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the quality or state of being a small quantity, extent, or duration ofthe quality or state of being of small or less than average sizethe quality or state of being young or being a childthe quality or state of being unimportant
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|Noun||1.||littleness - the property of having a relatively small size|
size - the physical magnitude of something (how big it is); "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"
diminutiveness, minuteness, petiteness, tininess, weeness - the property of being very small in size; "hence the minuteness of detail in the painting"
grain - the smallest possible unit of anything; "there was a grain of truth in what he said"; "he does not have a grain of sense"
dwarfishness - smallness of stature
|2.||littleness - the property of having relatively little strength or vigor; "the smallness of her voice"|
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
|3.||littleness - lack of generosity in trifling matters|
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