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or small-time  (smôl′tīm′)
adj. Informal
Insignificant or unimportant; minor: a smalltime actor.

small′tim′er n.


informal insignificant; minor: a small-time criminal.
ˈsmall-ˈtimer n


having little or no importance or influence: a small-time politician.
small′-tim′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.small-time - of minor importance; "a nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single rented room"; "a small-time actor"
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"


adjective minor, insignificant, unimportant, petty, no-account (U.S. informal), piddling (informal), of no consequence, of no account a small-time actress and model


[ˈsmɔːlˈtaɪm] ADJde poca categoría, de poca monta
a small-time criminalun delincuente menor


[ˈsmɔːlˌtaɪm] adj (fam) → da poco
a small-time criminal → un delinquente di mezza tacca
a small-time thief → un ladro di polli


(smoːl) adjective
1. little in size, degree, importance etc; not large or great. She was accompanied by a small boy of about six; There's only a small amount of sugar left; She cut the meat up small for the baby.
2. not doing something on a large scale. He's a small businessman.
3. little; not much. You have small reason to be satisfied with yourself.
4. (of the letters of the alphabet) not capital. The teacher showed the children how to write a capital G and a small g.
small ads
advertisements in the personal columns of a newspaper.
small arms
weapons small and light enough to be carried by a man. They found a hoard of rifles and other small arms belonging to the rebels.
small change
coins of small value. a pocketful of small change.
small hours
the hours immediately after midnight. He woke up in the small hours.
ˈsmallpox noun
a type of serious infectious disease in which there is a severe rash of large, pus-filled spots that usually leave scars.
small screen
television, not the cinema. This play is intended for the small screen.
ˈsmall-time adjective
(of a thief etc) not working on a large scale. a small-time crook/thief.
feel/look small
to feel or look foolish or insignificant. He criticized her in front of her colleagues and made her feel very small.
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