little

I
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Small in size]
Syn. diminutive, dwarfish, small, tiny, shrunk, atomic, wee, undersized, not big, not large, stunted, limited, cramped, wizened, scraggy, imperceptible, light, slight, microscopic, short, Lilliputian, runty, embryonic, elfin, invisible, shriveled, amoebic, microzoic, animalcular, pugged, vestigial, stubby, truncated, snub, molecular, microbic, toy, miniature, scrubby, cramped, puny, pygmy, dwarfed, inappreciable, bantam, half-pint*, pocket-sized*, pint-sized*; see also minute 1 .
Ant. large*, big, huge.
2. [Small in quantity]
Syn. inappreciable, inconsiderable, insufficient; see inadequate 1 .
3. [Few in number]
Syn. scarce, not many, hardly any; see few .
4. [Brief]
Syn. concise, succinct, abrupt; see short 2 .
5. [Small in importance]
Syn. trifling, insignificant, inconsiderable; see trivial , unimportant .
6. [Small in character]
Syn. base, mean, petty; see mean 1 , wicked 1 .
7. [Weak]
Syn. stunted, runty, undersized; see weak 1 .
See Synonym Study at small .
make little of,
Syn. make fun of, mock, abuse; see ridicule .
n.
Syn. trifle, modicum, whit; see bit 1 .
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. small tiny, wee, diminutive, miniature, pint-sized, undersized, dinky, shrimpy, Lilliputian, itsy-bitsy, minute, puny, microscopic.
2. scant insufficient, few, meager, skimpy.
3. brief fleeting, passing, short, momentary, limited.
4. weak insignificant, inconsequential, ineffective, faint, feeble, powerless, trivial, slight.
5. young immature, juvenile, undeveloped.
ANT.: 1. big, huge, gigantic. 2. ample, sufficient. 3. protracted, prolonged. 4. strong, powerful. 5. big, adult
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Notably below average in amount, size, or scope: bantam, petite, small, smallish. See BIG. 2. Not of great importance: inconsequent, inconsequential, insignificant, trivial, unimportant. See BIG. 3. Not broad or elevated in scope or understanding: limited, narrow, narrow-minded, petty, small, small-minded. See LIMITED, WIDE. 4. Not yet large in size because of incomplete growth: small. See YOUTH. II adverb At rare intervals: infrequently, occasionally, rarely, seldom, sporadically. Idioms: hardly (or scarcely) ever, once in a blue moon. See USUAL.

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