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1‘a small flat in Fulham’
little, small-scale, compact, bijou
tiny, miniature, mini, minute, microscopic, nanoscopic, minuscule
poky, cramped, boxy
informal tiddly, teeny, weeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, eensy, eensy-weensy, pocket-sized, half-pint, dinky, ickle, with no room to swing a cat
British informal titchy
North American informal little-bitty, vest-pocket
2‘he was a very small man’
short, little, slight, slightly built, small-boned, petite, diminutive, elfin, tiny
puny, undersized, stunted
a slip of a …
informal teeny, teeny-weeny, pint-sized
rare homuncular, Lilliputian
heavily built, tall, large
3‘we may have to make a few small changes’
slight, minor, unimportant, trifling, trivial, insignificant, inconsequential, inappreciable, inconsiderable, negligible, nugatory, paltry, infinitesimal
informal minuscule, piffling, piddling
4‘small helpings of vegetables’
inadequate, meagre, insufficient, ungenerous, not enough
informal measly, stingy, mingy, pathetic
5‘they had succeeded in making him feel small’
foolish, stupid, insignificant, unimportant
embarrassed, humiliated, uncomfortable, mortified, chagrined, ashamed
6‘the captain had been paying small attention’
hardly any, not much, scant, little or no, little, minimal
7‘a small farmer’
modest, unpretentious, humble, lowly, simple
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