Pronunciation: (lit'l),[key] —adj.,lit•tler or less or less•er, lit•tlest or least, —adv.,less, least, —n.
—adj. 1. small in size; not big; not large; tiny: a little desk in the corner of the room. 2. short in duration; not extensive; short; brief: a little while. 3. small in number: a little group of scientists. 4. small in amount or degree; not much: little hope. 5. of a certain amount; appreciable (usually prec. by a): We're having a little difficulty. 6. being such on a small scale: little farmers. 7. younger or youngest: He's my little brother. 8. not strong, forceful, or loud; weak: a little voice. 9. small in consideration, importance, position, affluence, etc.: little discomforts; tax reductions to help the little fellow. 10. mean, narrow, or illiberal: a little mind. 11. endearingly small or considered as such: Bless your little heart! 12. amusingly small or so considered: a funny little way of laughing. 13. contemptibly small, petty, mean, etc., or so considered: filthy little political tricks.
—adv. 1. not at all (used before a verb): He little knows what awaits him. 2. in only a small amount or degree; not much; slightly: a little known work of art; little better than a previous effort. 3. seldom; rarely; infrequently: We see each other very little.
—n. 1. a small amount, quantity, or degree: They did little to make him comfortable. If you want some ice cream, there's a little in the refrigerator. 2. a short distance: It's down the road a little. 3. a short time: Stay here for a little. 4. in little, on a small scale; in miniature: a replica in little of Independence Hall. 5. little by little, by small degrees; gradually: The water level rose little by little. 6. make little of, a. belittle: to make little of one's troubles. b. to understand or interpret only slightly: Scholars made little of the newly discovered text. 7. not a little, to a great extent; very much; considerably: It tired me not a little to stand for three hours. 8. think little of, to treat casually; regard as trivial: They think little of driving 50 miles to see a movie.