WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
small /smɔl/USA pronunciation
adj. and adv., -er, -est,n.
of limited size;
little:a small box.
not large when compared with others of the same kind:A small elephant is still pretty big.
Printing[before a noun] (of a written letter) in lowercase.
not great in amount, extent, etc.:a small salary.
[before a noun] carrying on some activity on a limited scale:a small business.
of minor importance:We have a small problem.
mean-spirited; petty:a small, miserly man.
(of sound or the voice) having little volume:"What about me, mother?'' he asked in a small voice.
very young:When he was just a small boy his mother died.
in a small manner:writes so small he can put a lot of words on one page.
[countable] a small or narrow part, as of the back:a pain in the small of my back.
the small, [plural; used with a plural verb] people without wealth or influence:Democracy benefits the great and the small.
- [uncountable] a size of garments for persons of less than average dimensions, weight, etc.
- [countable] a garment in this size.
small•ness, n. [uncountable]fighting such smallness of mind.
- Idiomsfeel small, [no object] to be ashamed:She made him feel small by screaming at him in public.
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small /smɔːl/ adj
- comparatively little; limited in size, number, importance, etc
- of little importance or on a minor scale: a small business
- lacking in moral or mental breadth or depth: a small mind
- modest or humble: small beginnings
- of low or inferior status, esp socially
- (of a child or animal) young; not mature
- unimportant, trivial: a small matter
- of, relating to, or designating the ordinary modern minuscule letter used in printing and cursive writing
- lacking great strength or force: a small effort
- in fine particles: small gravel
- into small pieces: you have to cut it small
- in a small or soft manner
Etymology: Old English smæl; related to Old High German smal, Old Norse smali small cattleˈsmallish adj ˈsmallness n
- the small ⇒ an object, person, or group considered to be small: do you want the small or the large?
- a small slender part, esp of the back
- (plural) informal chiefly Brit items of personal laundry, such as underwear
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