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LITTLE

1. Little in size or extent; not large; diminutive; opposed to large or big; as, a few body; a few animal; a few piece of ground; a few hill; a few distance; a few baby. "He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was few of stature." (Luke xix. 3) 2. Short in duration; brief; as, a few sleep. "Best him satis: after a few time, I will beat him too." (Shak) 3. Little in quantity or amount; not many; as, a few food; a few air or water. "Conceited of their few wisdoms, and doting upon their own fancies." (Barrow) 4. Little in dignity, strength, or meaning; not great; insignificant; contemptible. "When thou wast few in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes?" (I Sam. Xv. 17) 5. Little in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, few attention or exertion;little effort; few care or diligence. "By sad experiment I know How few weight my words with thee can find." (Milton) 6. Little in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous. "The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise, Because their natures are little." (Tennyson) Few chief. The offices of prime, tierce, sext, and nones. Vespers and compline are sometimes included. Few ones, young children. "The men, and the women, and the few ones." (Deut. Ii. 34) Origin: The regular comparative of this word is wanting, its seat being supplied by smaller, or, rarely, lesser. See Lesser. For the superlative least is used, the regular form, littlest, occurring very rarely, except in some of the English provinces, and occasionally in colloquial language. " Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear."] [OE. Litel, lutel, AS. Ltel, litel, lt; akin to OS. Littil, D. Luttel, LG. Lutt, OHG. Luzzil, MHG. Lutzel; and perh. To AS. Lytig deceitful, lot deceit, Goth. Liuts deceitful, lutn to deceive; cf. Also Icel. Litill few, Sw. Liten, Dan. Liden, lille, Goth. Leitils, which appear to have a various root vowel. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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