small Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the slender part of the back
noun a garment size for a small person
adjective limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
- a little dining room
- a little house
- a small car
- a little (or small) group
adjective satellite limited in size or scope
pocket-size; pocket-sized; modest; minor; small-scale.
- a small business
- a newspaper with a modest circulation
- small-scale plans
- a pocket-size country
adjective satellite (of children and animals) young, immature
- what a big little boy you are
- small children
adjective satellite slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope
- a series of death struggles with small time in between
adjective satellite low or inferior in station or quality
modest; humble; low; lowly.
- a humble cottage
- a lowly parish priest
- a modest man of the people
- small beginnings
adjective satellite lowercase
- little a
- small a
- e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters
adjective satellite (of a voice) faint
- a little voice
- a still small voice
adjective satellite have fine or very small constituent particles
- a small misty rain
adjective satellite not large but sufficient in size or amount
- a modest salary
- modest inflation
- helped in my own small way
adjective satellite made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
- her comments made me feel small
adverb on a small scale
- think small
Having little size, compared with other things of the same kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large or extended in dimension; not great; not much; inconsiderable; as, a. smallman; a smallriver
To compare Great things with small. Milton.
Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a. smallfault; a smallbusiness
Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; -- sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the reatest man. Carlyle.
Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short;Shak. as, after a. smallspace
Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud."A still, small voice." 1 Kings xix. 12.
In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.Obs. "I wept but small." Chaucer. "It small avails my mood." Shak.
Not loudly; faintly; timidly.Obs. or Humorous
You may speak as small as you will. Shak.
The small or slender part of a thing; as, the. smallof the leg or of the back
Smallclothes.Colloq. Hood. Dickens.
Same as Little go. See under Little, a.
Small transitive verb
To make little or less.Obs.