see also: Small
  • (British)
  • (America)
    • (GA) IPA: /smɔl/
    • (cot-caught) IPA: /smɑl/
  • (Canada) IPA: /smɑl/
  • (AU, New Zealand) IPA: /smoːl/

small (comparative smaller, superlative smallest)

  1. Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.
    A small serving of ice cream.
    A small group.
    He made us all feel small.
  2. (figuratively) Young, as a child.
    Remember when the children were small?
  3. (writing, incomparable) Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written or printed letters.
  4. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.
    • A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man.
  5. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.
    a small space of time
  6. (archaic) Slender, gracefully slim.
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small (comparative smaller, superlative smallest)

  1. In a small fashion.
  2. In or into small pieces.
    • 2009, Ingrid Hoffman, CBS Early Morning for September 28, 2009 (transcription)
      That's going to go in there. We've got some chives small chopped as well.
  3. (obsolete) To a small extent.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Lvcrece (First Quarto)‎[It small avails my mood.], London: Printed by Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, […], OCLC 236076664 ↗, line 1273:
  4. (obsolete) In a low tone; softly.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 1, scene 2], line 49, ['s all one: you shall play it in a mask, and / you may speak as small as you will. page That's all one: you shall play it in a mask, and / you may speak as small as you will.]:

small (plural smalls)

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

small (smalls, present participle smalling; past and past participle smalled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make little or less.
  2. (intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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