- Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; -- opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child. "He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature." [Luke xix. 3.]
- Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep."Best him enough: after a little time, I'll beat him too." [Shak.]
- Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water. "Conceited of their little wisdoms, and doting upon their own fancies." [Barrow.]
- Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible."When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes?" [I Sam. xv. 17.]
- Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion; little effort; little care or diligence. "By sad experiment I know How little weight my words with thee can find." [Milton.]
- 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 little." [Tennyson.]"The men, and the women, and the little ones." [Deut. ii. 34.] Little peach Little peach a disease of peaches in which the fruit is much dwarfed, and the leaves grow small and thin. The cause is not known. Little Rhod"y Rhode Island; -- a nickname alluding to its small size. It is the smallest State of the United States. Little Sisters of the Poor [R. C. Ch] an order of women who care for old men and women and infirm poor, for whom special houses are built. It was established at St. Servan, Britany, France, in 1840, by the Abbé Le Pailleur. Little slam [Bridge Whist] the winning of 12 out of the 13 tricks. It counts 20 points on the honor score. Contrasted with grand slam.
Etymology: OE. litel lutel, AS. lȳtel lītel lȳt; akin to OS. littil, D. luttel, LG. lütt, OHG. luzzil, MHG. lützel; and perh. to AS. lytig deceitful, lot deceit, Goth. liuts deceitful, lutōn to deceive; cf. also Icel. lītill little, Sw. liten, Dan. liden lille, Goth. leitils, which appear to have a different root vowel