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That is one of the first things my family, my mother and my grandfather, had taught me about acting: 'Use your eyes!' Not being able to do that physical aspect of it, and having to put it all into your voice? That was a little bit of a challenge.
Keith Coogan

Meaning of "little" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LITTLE

Old English lӯtel; related to lӯr few, Old High German luzzil.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LITTLE

little  [ˈlɪtəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LITTLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Little can act as an adjective, an adverb and a determiner.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

The determinant is a modifier that provides context to the noun, often in terms of quantity and possession.

WHAT DOES LITTLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Little

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, especially the German name Klein during World War II.

Definition of little in the English dictionary

The first definition of little in the dictionary is a small quantity, extent, or duration of. Other definition of little is not much. Little is also of small or less than average size.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LITTLE


belittle
bɪˈlɪtəl
capital
ˈkæpɪtəl
Capitol
ˈkæpɪtəl
digital
ˈdɪdʒɪtəl
Doolittle
ˈduːlɪtəl
fatal
ˈfeɪtəl
genital
ˈdʒɛnɪtəl
hospital
ˈhɒspɪtəl
it´ll
ˈɪtəl
marital
ˈmærɪtəl
musculoskeletal
ˌmʌskjʊləʊˈskɛlɪtəl
natal
ˈneɪtəl
nonskeletal
ˌnɒnˈskelɪtəl
orbital
ˈɔːbɪtəl
pelletal
ˈpelɪtəl
skeletal
ˈskɛlɪtəl
subtitle
ˈsʌbˌtaɪtəl
title
ˈtaɪtəl
vegetal
ˈvɛdʒɪtəl
vital
ˈvaɪtəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LITTLE

littery
Little America
little auk
little Aussie battler
Little Bear
Little Belt
Little Bighorn
little by little
Little Corporal
little cuttle
Little Diomede
Little Dipper
Little Dog
little end
Little Englander
little finger
little folk
little game
little grebe
little green men

WORDS THAT END LIKE LITTLE

battle
bottle
brittle
cuittle
embrittle
frog spittle
kittle
knittle
lickspittle
little by little
no little
not a little
quite a little
skittle
smittle
spittle
tittle
toad spittle
vittle
whittle

Synonyms and antonyms of little in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LITTLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «little» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of little

Translation of «little» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LITTLE

Find out the translation of little to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of little from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «little» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

小的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pequeño
570 millions of speakers

English

little
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

थोड़ा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صَغِيرٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

маленький
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pequeno
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সামান্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

petit
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sedikit
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

klein
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

小さい
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

작은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sethithik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhỏ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிறிய
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

थोडेसे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

küçük
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

piccolo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

mały
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

маленький
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mic
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μικρός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

bietjie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

liten
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

liten
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of little

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LITTLE»

The term «little» is very widely used and occupies the 664 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LITTLE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «little» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «little» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about little

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10 QUOTES WITH «LITTLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word little.
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Stephen Amell
I remember doing a little student film where we had a guy that couldn't pull focus. We ended up spending three times the amount of time shooting this thing as opposed to if the guy could've just pulled focus.
2
John Bercow
Possibly the fact that I was physically quite feeble, a relatively short little fellow, attracted me to that idea of a very authoritative and aggressive version of Conservative politics.
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Pete Carroll
Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.
4
Amy Chua
I kind of - I like my life; I feel I have lots of opportunities. And my parents actually having had such high expectations for me - I would say it's the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me. I complained a lot when I was little, but that's how I feel now. And that's why I tried to do the same with my two daughters.
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William Congreve
He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.
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Keith Coogan
That is one of the first things my family, my mother and my grandfather, had taught me about acting: 'Use your eyes!' Not being able to do that physical aspect of it, and having to put it all into your voice? That was a little bit of a challenge.
7
Dane Cook
When people refer to 'Back in the Day,' it was a Wednesday. Just a little fun fact for you.
8
Victor Cruz
I can just sense some eyes, some people kinda stare a little bit like they recognize me but don't quite know for sure kinda thing.
9
Claire Danes
I get a little jealous of these actor boys. They walk into a club, and in two seconds flat there are swarms of girls who are wanting so badly to touch them or just say hello. That's not the case with me, or any other girl I know.
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Peter Davison
I like poems that are little games.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LITTLE»

Discover the use of little in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to little and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Little Book: A Novel
Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards' dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination.
Selden Edwards, 2008
2
The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
The Little Book of Talent is a manual for building a faster brain and a better you.
Daniel Coyle, 2012
3
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to ...
That’s what index investing is all about. And that’s what this book is all about. Praise for The Little Book of Common Sense Investing "A low-cost index fund is the most sensible equity investment for the greatmajority of investors.
John C. Bogle, 2010
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The Little Book of Value Investing
Within these pages, high-caliber value manager Christopher Browne illustrates how to identify the "sales flyers," the market offers to profit, while avoiding bubbles and manias. This little book is a treasure trove of insight.
Christopher H. Browne, 2007
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A Little Book of Coincidence
Looks at the orbital patterns of the planets and the mathematical patterns surrounding them.
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The Little Book on CoffeeScript
This concise book shows JavaScript developers how to build superb web applications with CoffeeScript, the remarkable language that’s gaining considerable interest.
Alex MacCaw, 2012
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Open This Little Book
Pages of decreasing, then increasing, size open to reveal different animals, each opening a book of a different color and reading about the next.
Jesse Klausmeier, 2013
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A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology
It affects who we are. In the tradition of Helmut Thielicke's A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Kelly Kapic offers a concise introduction to the study of theology for newcomers to the field.
Kelly M. Kapic, 2012
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The Little Book of Main Street Money: 21 Simple Truths that ...
This book does not stop at merely making you richer and smarter; it will even help you lead a better life." —Jason Zweig, author of Your Money and Your Brain and editor of Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor "Jonathan Clements is ...
Jonathan Clements, 2009
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The Little Book of Valuation: How to Value a Company, Pick a ...
In addition, The Little Book of Valuation: Includes illustrative case studies and examples that will help develop your valuation skills Puts you in a better position to determine which investments are on track to add real value to your ...
Aswath Damodaran, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LITTLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term little is used in the context of the following news items.
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Why DO Little Mix always look so angry? Rise of the grimacing girl …
They grimaced, they gurned and Little Mix grumped their way through Sunday's fierce performance at Manchester Arena, proving that rage is ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
2
Mobile game of the week: Little Inferno - Offworld - Boing Boing
Sometimes you just want the world to burn, especially when it's ending. In Little Inferno, a wintry apocalypse has engulfed the Earth, and you're ... «Boing Boing, Jul 15»
3
Little Mix's Jesy Nelson and Jake Roche are engaged with help from …
Jake, 22, popped the question to his 23-year-old girlfriend of one year on stage at Manchester Arena on Sunday with a little help from his friend ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
4
'Pretty Little Liar' Troian Bellisario, Stana Katic to Star in Movie | Variety
Troian Bellisario, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler and Michelle Trachtenberg have been tapped to star in the indie drama “Sister Cities,” based on the ... «Variety, Jul 15»
5
The Witcher 3 Just Got Better In A Bunch Of Little Ways - Kotaku
I've gotten pretty used to the game's many little quirks, so some of the little changes feel more noticeable to me than they may to another player. «Kotaku, Jul 15»
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Apple Will Beat June Quarter Estimates, But Only By A Little - Forbes
Apple Will Beat June Quarter Estimates, But Only By A Little. Comment Now. Follow Comments Following Comments Unfollow Comments. «Forbes, Jul 15»
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Denver, see Big Trouble In Little China tonight as part of our …
Frank and I will appear in person to introduce Big Trouble in Little China and pick the winners of this month's giveaway: Three copies of ... «A.V. Club, Jul 15»
8
Stephen Colbert Is Here to Make Your Sad Desk Lunch a Little Less …
According to the most depressing blog on the Internet, 62 percent of American workers eat lunch at their desk, a phenomenon known as the ... «TIME, Jul 15»
9
Morning MoneyBeat Asia: U.S. Stocks Little Moved; Gold Much …
U.S. stocks were little changed, even as a few names made a splash. PayPal came back to the capital markets for the first time since eBay ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
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Petr Cech believes Arsenal only 'little details' away from catching …
Little details,” he says. It is an assessment that helps explain Cech's decision to make the controversial eight mile move from Stamford Bridge ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»

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