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Dictionary Definition

small adj
1 limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"; "a small voice" [syn: little] [ant: large, large]
2 limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country" [syn: minor, modest, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized]
3 low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings" [syn: humble, low, lowly, modest]
4 not fully grown; "what a big little boy you are"; "small children" [syn: little]
5 too small to be seen except under a microscope [syn: microscopic, microscopical] [ant: macroscopic]
6 not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way" [syn: modest]
7 (of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice" [syn: little]
8 slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope; "a series of death struggles with small time in between" [syn: small(a)]
9 made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her comments made me feel small" [syn: belittled, diminished]
10 lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters" [syn: little, minuscule]
11 have fine or very small constituent particles; "a small misty rain"


1 the slender part of the back
2 a garment size for a small person adv : on a small scale; "think small" [ant: big]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /smɔːl/, /smO:l/
  • a US /smɔl/, /smOl/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːl




en-adj er
  1. Not large or big; insignificant; few in numbers or size.
    A small serving of ice cream.
    A small group.
    He made us all feel small.
  2. Young, as a child.
    Remember when the children were small?
  3. In the context of "writing|incomparable": Miniscule or lowercase, referring to letters.
not large


  1. Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.
  2. Underclothes.

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Verb form


Extensive Definition

Small can refer to the following:
  • Something very gracious
  • Something of low size.
  • Minuscule, or lower case, is the small form (case) of a letter
  • SMALL, an ALGOL-like programming language
  • A term to describe smaller aircraft for purposes of air traffic control. Specifically, small refers to a plane having a maximum takeoff weight of less than 41,000 pounds.
small in German: Small
small in French: Small

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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