Educalingo cookies are used to personalize ads and get web traffic statistics. We also share information about the use of the site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.
Got it
Search

Meaning of "small beer" in the English dictionary

Dictionary
DICTIONARY
section

PRONUNCIATION OF SMALL BEER

small beer play
facebooktwitterpinterestwhatsapp

GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SMALL BEER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Small beer is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SMALL BEER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Small beer

Small beer is a beer/ale that contains very little alcohol. Sometimes unfiltered and porridge-like, it was a favored drink in Medieval Europe and colonial North America as opposed to the often polluted water and the expensive beer used for festivities. Small beer was also produced in households for consumption by children and servants at those occasions.

Definition of small beer in the English dictionary

The definition of small beer in the dictionary is people or things of no importance.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SMALL BEER

small ad
small ads
small advertisement
small alison
small arms
small barbel
small calorie
small capital
small change
small chop
small circle
small claims court
small end
small ermine
small fortune
small forward
small fry
small game
small goods
small hours

WORDS THAT END LIKE SMALL BEER

Bantu beer
barley beer
beer
bock beer
bottled beer
craft beer
draught beer
ginger beer
guest beer
ice beer
kaffir beer
keg beer
light beer
Meyerbeer
near beer
real beer
root beer
sorghum beer
spruce beer
wheat beer

Synonyms and antonyms of small beer in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «small beer» into 25 languages

TRANSLATOR
online translator

TRANSLATION OF SMALL BEER

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

Translator English - Chinese

小杯啤酒
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

cerveza pequeña
570 millions of speakers

English

small beer
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

छोटे बियर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

البيرة الصغيرة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

слабое пиво
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

cerveja pequena
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ছোট বিয়ার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

petite bière
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bir kecil
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

kleines Bier
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

スモールビール
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

작은 맥주
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Cilik bir
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

loại bia chai nhỏ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிறிய பீர்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लहान बिअर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

küçük bira
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

birra piccola
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

małe piwo
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

слабке пиво
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

bere mici
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μικρή μπύρα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

klein bier
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svagdricka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

liten øl
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of small beer

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SMALL BEER»

The term «small beer» is regularly used and occupies the 69.298 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
0
100%
FREQUENCY
Regularly used
68
/100
The map shown above gives the frequency of use of the term «small beer» in the different countries.
Principal search tendencies and common uses of small beer
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «small beer».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SMALL BEER» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «small beer» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «small beer» 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 small beer

EXAMPLES

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SMALL BEER»

Discover the use of small beer in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to small beer and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
A Chronicle of Small Beer: The Memoirs of Nan Green
Detailed and compelling, this volume traces the political and geographical pilgrimage of communist Nan Green, along with the constant campaigning, activism, and dilemmas it posed.
Nan Green, R. J. Ellis, Martin Green, 2004
2
After the Apocalypse: Stories
Self aware computers. Zombies. Clinical trial volunteers. Chinese factory workers. Dolls that look like newborn infants. After the apocalypse.
Maureen F. McHugh, 2013
3
A Working Writer's Daily Planner 2011: Your Year in Writing
This fun, practical week-per-page engagement calendar is the perfect gift for the writer in the family.
Small Beer Press, 2010
4
Beer in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The sixteenth-century Antwerp collection of types indicates how confusing the variety could be. In 1536, products included small beer and halffstuyvers bier. The latter and better quality beer was defined by price. In addition, heavier and more ...
Richard W. Unger, 2007
5
Country House Brewing in England, 1500-1900
other times was reckoned an extravagance, although no doubt it made a far superior brew, which not only tasted better but also kept longer than small beer brewed after ale. It is clear that some of the wealthier households made good quality ...
Pamela Sambrook, 1996
6
A Chronicle of Small Beer
We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
John Reid, 2011
7
One and a Half in Norway; a Chronicle of Small Beer
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition.
Samuel Robert Scargill-Bird, 2012
8
A History of Beer and Brewing
The approved rates were: 1 s 3d per barrel on strong beer; 3 d per barrel on small beer; and 3.v per barrel on imported beer. There was one bonus for brewers, however; the 2s per cwt tax on hops was scrapped in 1660, after the Restoration.
Ian Spencer Hornsey, 2003
9
The Oxford Companion to Beer
See bačka (hop), fuggle (hop), and styrian golding (hop). Once a region of the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia accounts for about 2% of the global hop production. Val Peacock small beer, a type of weak beer that from medieval times until the ...
Garrett Oliver, 2011
10
Spider in a Tree
Ordinary grace, human failings, and extraordinary convictions combine in unexpected ways to animate this New England tale"--
Susan Stinson, 2013

9 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SMALL BEER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term small beer is used in the context of the following news items.
1
China Resources Offer Is No Small Beer
For state-owned conglomerate China Resources Holdings, beer is the ultimate resource. The group said Tuesday it would turn one of its Hong Kong-listed ... «Wall Street Journal, Apr 15»
2
A Craft Beer Tax Battle Is Brewing On Capitol Hill
"So these are small business folks that are risk-takers, that are trying to take their art and make a living out of it. It's a pretty cool thing." Small beer is big business, ... «NPR, Mar 15»
3
Small beer: This counts as change from the LCB?
On the way home from work today, feel free to stop by the local beer distributorship and pick up a 12-pack. Only in Pennsylvania would this be a revolutionary ... «Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mar 15»
4
Beer battle foams over on Capitol Hill
At odds are the Fair BEER Act and the Small BREW Act, which both aim to lower federal excise taxes for small beer producers. However, key differences in the ... «The Hill, Feb 15»
5
Why Big Brewers Fail at Small Beer Festivals
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) – A big brewer at a small beer festival is a tough fit. As larger brewers including Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and the SABMiller ... «TheStreet.com, Jul 14»
6
Big Breweries Move Into Small Beer Town — And Business Is Hopping
Outsiders have noticed that Asheville's locally owned, small-batch-beer scene is hot. And they want to join the party. The city is now getting a major infusion of ... «NPR, May 14»
7
Fans Sue Arena After Video Reveals Large And Small Beers Are …
Above is a video taken Saturday night at an ECHL Idaho Steelheads game. It shows fans pouring a $7 large beer into a $4 small cup, and discovering that each ... «Deadspin, Mar 14»
8
10 Biggest Small Beer Brewers in the U.S.
But the definition of "craft" is too narrow to accommodate them and, to small brewers' detriment, discounts the true growth of the small brewing industry here in ... «TheStreet.com, Nov 13»
9
George Washington's beer recipe to be recreated
The note, titled 'To Make Small Beer', reads: 'Take a large Sifer (sifter) full of Bran Hops to your Taste. Boil these three hours then strain out 30 Gall(ons) into a ... «Daily Mail, May 11»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Small beer [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/small-beer>. Dec 2019 ».
en
English dictionary
Discover all that is hidden in the words on
index
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z