• Small in size.
  • Insignificant, trivial.
  • Very young.
  • Younger.
  • Having few members.
  • Operating on a small scale.
  • Short in duration; brief.
  • Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.


  • Not much.
  • Not at all.


  • Not much; not a large amount.



Opposite words


  • From Middle English litel, from Old English lȳtel, from Proto-West Germanic *lūtil, from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz ("tending to stoop, crouched, little"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewd- ("to bend, bent, small"), equivalent to lout + -le. Cognate with Dutch luttel, regional German lütt and lützel, West Frisian lyts, Low German lütt, Old High German luzzil, Middle High German lützel, Old English lutan ("to bow, bend low"); and perhaps to Old English lytig ("deceitful, lot deceit"), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍄𐍃 ("deceitful"), 𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽; compare also Icelandic lítill ("little"), Swedish liten, Danish liden, lille, Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃, which appear to have a different root vowel. More at lout.

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