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a little

  • adverb to a small degree; somewhat
    a bit; a trifle.
    • it's a bit warm
    • felt a little better
    • a trifle smaller
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battle of little bighorn

  • noun a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
    Battle of the Little Bighorn; Custer's Last Stand; Battle of Little Bighorn.
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battle of the little bighorn

  • noun a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
    Battle of the Little Bighorn; Custer's Last Stand; Battle of Little Bighorn.
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By little and little, ∨ Little by little

  • by slow degrees; piecemeal; gradually.
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chicken little

  • noun a fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling
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do-little

Do"-lit`tle noun
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  1. One who performs little though professing much. Colloq.
    Great talkers are commonly dolittles. Bp. Richardson.
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even a little

  • adverb to any extent at all
    in the least.
    • are you in the least interested?
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little auk

  • noun small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regions
    dovekie; Plautus alle.
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little barley

  • noun annual barley native to western North America and widespread in southern United States and tropical America
    Hordeum pusillum.
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little bear

  • noun a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
    Ursa Minor.
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little bighorn

  • noun a river that flows from northern Wyoming into the Bighorn River in southern Montana; site of Custer's Last Stand
    Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn River.
  • noun a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
    Battle of the Little Bighorn; Custer's Last Stand; Battle of Little Bighorn.
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little bighorn river

  • noun a river that flows from northern Wyoming into the Bighorn River in southern Montana; site of Custer's Last Stand
    Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn River.
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little black ant

  • noun tiny glossy black ant; nests outdoors but invades houses for food
    Monomorium minimum.
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little blue heron

  • noun small bluish-grey heron of the western hemisphere
    Egretta caerulea.
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little brother

  • noun a younger brother
    • my little brother just had his 50th birthday
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little brown bat

  • noun the small common North American bat; widely distributed
    Myotis leucifugus; little brown bat.
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little brown myotis

  • noun the small common North American bat; widely distributed
    Myotis leucifugus; little brown bat.
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little by little

  • adverb a little bit at a time
    in stages; bit by bit; piecemeal.
    • the research structure has developed piecemeal
  • adverb by a short distance
    by small degrees; by inches.
    • they moved it by inches
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Little chief

  • . (Zoöl.) See Chief hare.
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little chief hare

  • noun North American pika
    Ochotona princeps.
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little club moss

  • noun any of numerous fern allies of the genus Selaginella
    spikemoss; spike moss.
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little clubmoss

  • noun of northern Europe and America; resembling a miniature fir
    Lycopodium selago; mountain clubmoss; fir clubmoss.
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little corporal

  • noun French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)
    Bonaparte; Napoleon I; Napoleon; Napoleon Bonaparte.
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little dictionary

  • noun a dictionary that is small enough to carry in your pocket
    pocket dictionary.
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little dipper

  • noun a cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris
    Dipper.
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little dog

  • noun a constellation to the east of Orion; contains Procyon
    Canis Minor.
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little ebony spleenwort

  • noun fern of tropical America: from southern United States to West Indies and Mexico to Brazil
    black-stem spleenwort; black-stemmed spleenwort.
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little egret

  • noun Old World egret
    Egretta garzetta.
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Little finger

  • noun the finger farthest from the thumb
    pinky; pinkie.
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  • the fourth and smallest finger of the hand.
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little giant

  • noun United States politician who proposed that individual territories be allowed to decide whether they would have slavery; he engaged in a famous series of debates with Abraham Lincoln (1813-1861)
    Stephen Arnold Douglas; Stephen A. Douglas; Douglas.
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little girl

  • noun a youthful female person
    girl; female child.
    • the baby was a girl
    • the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle
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Little go

  • (Eng. Universities), a public examination about the middle of the course, which as less strict and important than the final one; called also smalls. Cf. Great go, under Great. Thackeray.
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little golden zinnia

  • noun subshrub having short leafy stems and numerous small flower heads with nearly round yellow-orange rays; Arizona south to Mexico and east to Kansas
    Zinnia grandiflora.
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little grebe

  • noun small European grebe
    Podiceps ruficollis; dabchick.
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little hand

  • noun the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours
    hour hand.
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little horn

  • noun a river that flows from northern Wyoming into the Bighorn River in southern Montana; site of Custer's Last Stand
    Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn River.
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Little hours

  • (R. C. Ch.), the offices of prime, tierce, sext, and nones. Vespers and compline are sometimes included.
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little joe

  • noun the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
    tetrad; quaternity; quadruplet; foursome; IV; four; quaternion; quatern; quaternary; quartet; 4.
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little john

  • noun legendary follower of Robin Hood; noted for his size and strength
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little league

  • noun a commercially sponsored baseball league for players between 8 and 12 years of age
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little leaguer

  • noun a player between 8 and 12 years of age who is a member of a little-league team
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little lord fauntleroy

  • noun an excessively polite and well-dressed boy
    Fauntleroy.
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little missouri

  • noun a river that rises in northeastern Wyoming and flows through Montana and South Dakota to join the Missouri River in North Dakota
    Little Missouri.
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little missouri river

  • noun a river that rises in northeastern Wyoming and flows through Montana and South Dakota to join the Missouri River in North Dakota
    Little Missouri.
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little mo connolly

  • noun United States tennis player who was the first woman to win the United States, British, French, and Australian championships in the same year (1953) (1934-1969)
    Connolly; Maureen Catherine Connolly.
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little office

  • noun a Roman Catholic office honoring the Virgin Mary; similar to but shorter than the Divine Office
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Little ones

  • young children.
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little owl

  • noun small European owl
    Athene noctua.
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little phoebe

  • noun the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
    quintet; quintuplet; quint; cinque; fivesome; 5; Phoebe; V; five; fin; pentad.
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little potato

  • noun rhizoctinia disease of potatoes
    russet scab; stem canker; rosette.
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little red riding hood

  • noun a girl in a fairy tale who meets a wolf while going to visit her grandmother
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little rhody

  • noun a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies; the smallest state
    RI; Rhode Island; Ocean State.
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little rock

  • noun the state capital and largest city of Arkansas in the central part of Arkansas on the Arkansas River
    capital of Arkansas.
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little sioux river

  • noun a river that rises in southwestern Minnesota and flows southwestward to the Missouri River in western Iowa
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little sister

  • noun a younger sister
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little skate

  • noun most plentiful skate in North American inshore waters in summer; to 21 inches
    Raja erinacea.
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little slam

  • noun winning all but one of the tricks in a hand of bridge
    small slam.
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little sparrow

  • noun French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
    Edith Piaf; Piaf; Edith Giovanna Gassion.
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little spotted skunk

  • noun small skunk with a marbled black and white coat; of United States and Mexico
    spotted skunk; Spilogale putorius.
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little terror

  • noun a very troublesome child
    terror; holy terror; brat.
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little theater

  • noun a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
    little theater.
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little theatre

  • noun a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
    little theater.
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little toe

  • noun the fifth smallest outermost toe
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little wabash

  • noun a river in eastern Illinois that flows southeastward to the Wabash River
    Little Wabash.
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little wabash river

  • noun a river in eastern Illinois that flows southeastward to the Wabash River
    Little Wabash.
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little-ease

Lit"tle-ease` noun
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  1. An old slang name for the pillory, stocks, etc., of a prison.Eng. Latimer.
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little-head snakeweed

  • noun similar to Gutierrezia sarothrae but with flower heads having fewer rays and disk flowers
    Gutierrezia microcephala.
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little-known

  • adjective satellite unknown to most people
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little-leaf fig

  • noun Australian tree resembling the banyan often planted for ornament; introduced into South Africa for brushwood
    rusty rig; Botany Bay fig; Port Jackson fig; Ficus rubiginosa.
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little-league team

  • noun a team that plays in a little league
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malcolm little

  • noun militant civil rights leader (1925-1965)
    Malcolm X.
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quite a little

  • noun (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    plenty; great deal; pot; sight; flock; mint; slew; mountain; deal; wad; muckle; pile; lot; mickle; raft; passel; hatful; mess; spate; heap; peck; stack; good deal; batch; tidy sum; mass.
    • a batch of letters
    • a deal of trouble
    • a lot of money
    • he made a mint on the stock market
    • see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    • it must have cost plenty
    • a slew of journalists
    • a wad of money
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To make little of

  • . (a) To belittle. (b) To accomplish easily.
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To set much, ∨ little, by

  • to care much, or little, for.
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