Definition of little people in US English:

little people

plural noun

  • 1The ordinary people in a country, organization, etc. who do not have much power.

    • ‘In response, they develop an identity based upon a narrative or belief story in which they, the little people, will be, if not literally, at least morally victorious.’
    • ‘But he's all about the little people, the working man, the common folk.’
    • ‘Our country is a representative republic, and that means we, the people, the little people, cast our votes for those people we want to send to DC to represent us.’
    • ‘In our so-called democracy, the message of the authorities is simple: ‘Go to hell, little people.’’
    • ‘Thomas Hardy doesn't do wars and cataclysms and earthquakes like me, but the idea is the same - you take little people who don't really matter and just show what happens to them as events unroll.’
    • ‘It's very difficult for us little people to run a business because we're living in fear.’
    • ‘If they were somehow pushed over into the private sector where the rest of us little people have to thrive, perhaps it would get their attention that there's a crying need out here.’
    • ‘If each such news report is about little people being oppressed, then banning the report is to perpetuate the oppression of little people while acting as the accessory to the evil people.’
    • ‘Firstly, in romanticising themselves as ‘the little people,’ protesters were invoking the age-old myth of a downtrodden minority able to defeat their oppressors.’
    • ‘If the little people want to keep up with what goes in Parliament they can jolly well pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get themselves elected, like our Peter did.’
    • ‘Now I'm not sure that they have the institutional capacity to do that, but it's always the little people who lose out in power plays over land.’
    • ‘Great men are far too scarce for us to allow their contributions to be rubbished by the petty prattling of little people who do nothing, but are nevertheless ever eager to snipe at the real achievers.’
    • ‘My idea at this time, which was slowly developing, was to create a comedie humaine with little people, average people - samples from every period in American life.’
    • ‘While the political elite are busy vying for power, the little people have been duped.’
    • ‘It's not about big politics, it's about little people.’
    • ‘If, as you think, she is a changed woman re the injustice system for the little people and privilege for the rich and powerful elite, she could certainly be a driving force for the important issues we face.’
    • ‘The villagers are quintessential little people, literal peasants constantly caught in the crossfire of crises not of their making and beyond their control.’
    • ‘‘Just don't forget all us little people when you're famous,’ Becky joked.’
    • ‘No one has a problem with a large corporation paying fines if they cause substantial damage, but little people are getting caught up in the fervor too.’
    • ‘At the same time were you not professing to be the President of the working people, who would fight for the little people?’
  • 2Small supernatural creatures such as fairies and leprechauns.

    • ‘It almost has me believing in the things I usually dismiss as rubbish, the fairies and the other little people, or the wisdom of the non-human living things.’
    • ‘The blue fairy (for Becki was sure that that was what the little people were) took one look at the hand and sunk her teeth deep into the tip of Becki's index finger, drawing blood.’
    • ‘But second, not only the Manggarai but also the Ngadha people have legends about little people who once lived among them until as late as the 1500s.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is slight incongruity in the threat that the little people or fairies will tickle children laughing in church, so that they grow up as giggling morons.’
    • ‘I know they say Ireland is the home of the little people but at least leprechauns stay out of your way until you find them and their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.’
    • ‘He was being accurate as well as modest, for it was later discovered to be a long-forgotten word, quoted in a 19th century folklore journal, for fairy-folk or little people.’
    • ‘For, you see, we are the little people, the fair folk, and we live in the wild woods protecting all natural things from the onslaught of men who would destroy the earth and her children of the forest, glen, and deep woods.’
    • ‘They are indelibly marked as the dirty-faced little people of Middle Earth.’
    • ‘Isolated from this conflict are the hobbits, a carefree, simple-hearted colony of little people who are too busy farming or raising their families to care about the going-ons outside of their home, the Shire.’
    • ‘And where are they now, the little people of Stonehenge?’
    • ‘Of the huna, the little people of Hawaii with wondrous powers, it is reported that they had flying crafts and they could float heavy stones underneath these crafts without any visible connection.’
    • ‘Johnny had never heard of the little people - Irish leprechauns or Scottish brownies.’
    • ‘The little people were just recognizable as Pixies.’


little people

/ˈlɪdl ˈpipəl//ˈlidl ˈpēpəl/