WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
small /smɔl/USA pronunciation adj. and adv., -er, -est,n. 

adj. 
  • 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.

  • adv. 
  • in a small manner:writes so small he can put a lot of words on one page.

  • n. 
  • [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.
    idiom
    1. Idiomsfeel small, [no object] to be ashamed:She made him feel small by screaming at him in public.

    small•ish, adj. 
    small•ness, n. [uncountable]fighting such smallness of mind.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    small /smɔːl/ adj
    1. comparatively little; limited in size, number, importance, etc
    2. of little importance or on a minor scale: a small business
    3. lacking in moral or mental breadth or depth: a small mind
    4. modest or humble: small beginnings
    5. of low or inferior status, esp socially
    6. (of a child or animal) young; not mature
    7. unimportant, trivial: a small matter
    8. of, relating to, or designating the ordinary modern minuscule letter used in printing and cursive writing
    9. lacking great strength or force: a small effort
    10. in fine particles: small gravel
    adv
    1. into small pieces: you have to cut it small
    2. in a small or soft manner
    n
    1. the smallan object, person, or group considered to be small: do you want the small or the large?
    2. a small slender part, esp of the back
    3. (plural) informal chiefly Brit items of personal laundry, such as underwear
    Etymology: Old English smæl; related to Old High German smal, Old Norse smali small cattle

    ˈsmallish adj ˈsmallness n



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