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Definition of 'small'


  1. the slender part of the back
  2. a garment size for a small person


  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"
       Synonyms: little
       Antonyms: large big large big
  2. limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: humble low lowly modest
  4. (of children and animals) young, immature; "what a big little boy you are"; "small children"
       Synonyms: little
  5. not large but sufficient in size or amount; "a modest salary"; "modest inflation"; "helped in my own small way"
       Synonyms: modest
  6. (of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice"
       Synonyms: little
  7. slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope; "a series of death struggles with small time in between"
  8. made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth); "her comments made me feel small"
       Synonyms: belittled diminished
  9. lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"
       Synonyms: little minuscule
  10. have fine or very small constituent particles; "a small misty rain"


  1. on a small scale; "think small"
       Antonyms: big

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