Synonyms of little in English:

little


See definition of little

adjective

1‘a little writing desk’

SYNONYMS

small, small-scale, compact

mini, miniature, tiny, minute, minuscule

toy, baby, pocket, undersized, dwarf, midget, fun-size

bijou, dainty, cute, sweet, dear

Scottish wee

informal teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy, tiddly, half-pint, dinky

British informal titchy, ickle

North American informal little-bitty, vest-pocket

ANTONYMS

big, large

2‘the smile vanished from the little man's face’

SYNONYMS

short, small, slight, thin, petite, diminutive, tiny

squat, stubby

elfin, dwarf, dwarfish, midget, pygmy, bantam, homuncular, Lilliputian

Scottish wee

informal teeny, teeny-weeny, pint-sized, knee high to a grasshopper

ANTONYMS

big, large

3‘my little sister’

SYNONYMS

young, younger, junior, small, baby, infant, minor

ANTONYMS

big, old, elder

4‘I was a bodyguard for a little while’

SYNONYMS

brief, short, short-lived

fleeting, momentary, transitory, transient, ephemeral, evanescent, infinitesimal

fast, quick, hasty, cursory

Scottish wee

ANTONYMS

long

5‘this car does have a few little problems’

SYNONYMS

minor, unimportant, insignificant, trivial, trifling, petty, paltry, inconsequential, negligible, inconsiderable, nugatory, of minor importance, of little account, of no account

ANTONYMS

significant, important


determiner

1‘they have low status and little political influence’

SYNONYMS

hardly any, not much, slight, small, scant, limited, restricted, modest, little or no, minimal, negligible

insufficient, inadequate

ANTONYMS

considerable, a great deal of


adverb

1‘he is little known as a teacher’

SYNONYMS

hardly, barely, scarcely, not much, only slightly, slightly, only just

ANTONYMS

well

2‘this disease is little seen nowadays’

SYNONYMS

rarely, seldom, infrequently, hardly ever, hardly, scarcely ever, scarcely, not much

ANTONYMS

often


Phrases

    a little

      1‘if it's too thick, add a little water’

      SYNONYMS

      some other, a small amount of, a bit of, a touch of, a soupçon of, a dash of, a taste of, a dab of, a spot of, a modicum of, a morsel of, a fragment of, a snippet of, a tinge of, a particle of, a jot of, a shade of, a suggestion of, a trace of, a hint of, a suspicion of

      a dribble of, a splash of, a driblet of

      a pinch of, a sprinkling of, a sprinkle of, a grain of, a speck of

      informal

      a smidgen of, a tad of

      ANTONYMS

      a lot of, a great deal of

      little

      2‘after a little, Oliver came in’

      SYNONYMS

      a short time, a little while, a bit, an interval, a short spell, a short period

      a minute, a moment, a second, a split second, an instant, a flash

      informal

      a sec, a mo, a jiffy, a jiff

      ANTONYMS

      a long time

      little

      3‘the whole scene does remind me a little of the Adriatic’

      SYNONYMS

      slightly, faintly, remotely, vaguely

      moderately, somewhat, a little bit, quite, to some degree, fairly

      informal

      sort of, kind of, kinda, ish

      ANTONYMS

      a great deal

      little
    little by little

      ‘little by little, the town was turning into ruins’

      SYNONYMS

      gradually, slowly, by degrees, by stages, step by step, piecemeal, progressively, bit by bit, inch by inch, inchmeal

      subtly, imperceptibly, unnoticeably

      ANTONYMS

      immediately, all at once