a little

a little (not comparable)

  1. To a small extent or degree.
    The door was opened a little.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20171030003034/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-8-are-you-busy/3253185.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Hi, Amelia! Are you busy? — I’m a little busy.
    • 2018 "The Spear of Selene", Duck Tales
      Scrooge McDuck "A little salty."
      Zeus "Dip not good enough for you mortal? You offend Olympus!"
Synonyms Antonyms Translations
  • French: un peu
  • German: ein bisschen, ein wenig, etwas
  • Italian: un po', un poco
  • Portuguese: um pouco
  • Russian: немно́го
  • Spanish: un poco, un poquito, un pelín
  1. A small amount.
    A little water has spilled.

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