What is little?

  • (adj): Small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context).
    Example: "A nice little job"; "bless your little heart"; "my dear little mother"; "a sweet little deal"; "I'm tired of your petty little schemes"; "filthy little tricks"; "what a nasty little situation"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Little is a surname in the English language. The name is ultimately derived from the Middle English littel, and the Old English lȳtel, which mean "little". In some cases the name was originally a nickname for a little man. In other cases, the name was used to distinguish the younger of two bearers of the same personal name. Early records of the name include: Litle, in 972; Litle, in about 1095; and le Lytle, in 1296. The surname has absorbed several non English-language surnames. For example, Little is sometimes a translation of the Irish Ó Beagáin, meaning "descendant of Beagán". Little can also be a translation of the French Petit and Lepetit, as well as other surnames in various languages with the same meaning ("little"), especially the German name Klein during WWII.

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More definitions of "little":

  • (adj): Limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent.
    Example: "A little dining room"; "a little house"; "a little (or small) group"
    Synonyms: small
  • (adv): Not much.
    Example: "He talked little about his family"
  • (adj): (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with 'a') at least some.
    Example: "Little rain fell in May"; "gave it little thought"; "little hope remained"; "little time is left"; "we still have little money"; "a little hope remained"; "a little time is left"
  • (noun): A small amount or duration.
    Example: "He accepted the little they gave him"
  • (adj): Of short duration or distance.
    Example: "In a little while"; "it's a little way away"
    Synonyms: brief
  • (adj): Younger brother or sister.
    Example: "Little brother"
    Synonyms: younger
  • (adj): Not fully grown.
    Example: "What a big little boy you are"
    Synonyms: small
  • (adj): (of a voice) faint.
    Example: "A little voice"
    Synonyms: small

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    ... when I awake in the middle of the night, since I knew not where I was, I did not even know at first who I was; I only had in the first simplicity the feeling of existing as it must quiver in an animal.... I spent one second above the centuries of civilization, and the confused glimpse of the gas lamps, then of the shirts with turned-down collars, recomposed, little by little, the original lines of my self.
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    I was the one who was working to destroy the one thing to which I was committed, that is, my relationship with Gilberte; I was doing so by creating, little by little and through the prolonged separation from my friend, not her indifference, but my own. It was toward a long and cruel suicide of the self within myself which loved Gilberte that I continuously set myself ...
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    Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.
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