Small in size: a little dining room. See Synonyms at small. Short in extent or duration; brief: There is little time left. Small in quantity or degree: little money. Unimportant; trivial: a little matter. Narrow; petty: mean little comments; a little mind consumed with trivia. Without much power or influence; of minor status. Being at an early stage of growth; young: a little child. Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling: My little brother is leaving for college next week. Not much; scarcely: works long hours, sleeping little. Not in the least; not at all: They little expected such a generous gift. A small quantity or amount: Give me a little. Something much less than all: I know little of their history. A short distance or time: a little down the road; waited a little. a little Somewhat; a bit: felt a little better. little by little By small degrees or increments; gradually.