Being below the average in size or magnitude. Limited in importance or significance; trivial: a small matter. Limited in degree or scope: small farm operations. Lacking position, influence, or status; minor: "A crowd of small writers had vainly attempted to rival Addison\u201d ( Thomas Macaulay). Unpretentious; modest: made a small living; helped the cause in my own small way. Not fully grown; very young. Narrow in outlook; petty: a small mind. Having been belittled; humiliated: Their comments made me feel small. Diluted; weak. Used of alcoholic beverages. Lacking force or volume: a small voice. In small pieces: Cut the meat up small. Without loudness or forcefulness; softly. In a small manner. A part that is smaller or narrower than the rest: the small of the back. Small things considered as a group. Chiefly British Small items of clothing.