• To knowingly say that something is smaller or less important than it actually is, especially as a way of showing contempt or deprecation.


  • From be- + little. .{{cite-book
  • |lang=en
  • |year=1802
  • |author=Thomas Jefferson
  • |authorlink=Thomas Jefferson
  • |title=Notes on the State of Virginia
  • |chapter=Productions, mineral, vegetable and animal
  • |page=90

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