Word of the Day: Little

lit-tle / ‘lidl





  1. not big; tiny

Little deeds are like little seeds, they grow to flowers or to weeds.

Daniel D. Palmer, 1845-1913


  1. young

All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.

Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962


  1. not largely populated

Gossiping is the plague of little towns.

George Sand, 1804-1876


  1. narrow

‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519


  1. not much

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller, 1880-1968


  1. brief

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886


  1. weak; not forceful

In each of us, there is a little voice that knows exactly which way to go.

Alice Walker, 1944-


  1. of a certain amount, usually preceded by a

A little learning is a dangerous thing;

Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.

Alexander Pope. 1688-1744


  1. trivial

The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1944-


  1. small in scope

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849



  1. in a small amount

I am the product of many whose lives have touched mine, from the famous, distinguished, and powerful to the little known and the poor.

Dorothy Height, 1912-2010


  1. not at all

Democratic nations care but little for what has been, but they are haunted by visions of what will be.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805-1859




  1. small amount, degree, etc.

Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882


  1. a short time or distance

A sudden dart when a little over a hundred feet from the end of the track, or a little over 120 feet from the point at which it rose into the air, ended the flight.

Orville Wright, 1871-1948