little ADJECTIVE 1) small in size, amount, or degree. 2) (of a person) young or younger. 3) of short distance or duration. 4) trivial, unimportant, or humble.
DETERMINER & PRONOUN 1) (a little) a small amount of. 2) (a little) a short time or distance. 3) not much.
ADVERB (less, least) 1) (a little) to a small extent. 2) hardly or not at all.
little by little — Cf. ↑little by little
little or nothing — Cf. ↑little or nothing
DERIVATIVES littleness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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