from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being below the average in size or magnitude.
- adj. Limited in importance or significance; trivial: a small matter.
- adj. Limited in degree or scope: small farm operations.
- adj. Lacking position, influence, or status; minor: "A crowd of small writers had vainly attempted to rival Addison” ( Thomas Macaulay).
- adj. Unpretentious; modest: made a small living; helped the cause in my own small way.
- adj. Not fully grown; very young.
- adj. Narrow in outlook; petty: a small mind.
- adj. Having been belittled; humiliated: Their comments made me feel small.
- adj. Diluted; weak. Used of alcoholic beverages.
- adj. Lacking force or volume: a small voice.
- adv. In small pieces: Cut the meat up small.
- adv. Without loudness or forcefulness; softly.
- adv. In a small manner.
- n. A part that is smaller or narrower than the rest: the small of the back.
- n. Small things considered as a group.
- n. Chiefly British Small items of clothing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not large or big; insignificant; few in numbers or size.
- adj. Young, as a child.
- adj. Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.
- adv. this sense?) In a small fashion.
- adv. In or into small pieces.
- adv. To a small extent.
- n. Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.
- n. Underclothes.
- v. To make little or less.
- v. To become small; to dwindle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having little size, compared with other things of the same kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large or extended in dimension; not great; not much; inconsiderable.
- adj. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant.
- adj. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; -- sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
- adj. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.
- adj. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud.
- adv. In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.
- adv. Not loudly; faintly; timidly.
- n. The small or slender part of a thing.
- n. Smallclothes.
- n. Same as Little go. See under Little, a.
- transitive v. To make little or less.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Slender; thin; narrow.
- Little in size; not great or large; of less than average or ordinary dimensions; diminutive.
- Little or inferior in degree, quantity, amount, duration, number, value, etc.; short (in time or extent); narrow, etc.
- Low, as applied to station, social position, etc.
- Being of little moment, weight, or importance; trivial; insignificant; petty; trifling: as, it is a small matter or thing; a small subject.
- Of little genius, ability, or force of character; petty; insignificant.
- Containing little of the principal quality, or little strength; weak: as, small beer.
- Thin: applied to tones or to the voice.
- Gentle; soft; faint; not loud.
- Characterized by littleness of mind or character; evincing little worth; narrow-minded; sordid; selfish; ungenerous; mean; base; unworthy.
- Having little property; carrying on a business on a small scale.
- Meager in quantity, as a body of water: an anglers' epithet: as, the water is too small to use the fly.
- Noting the condition of the cutting edge of a saw as condensed by hammering: same as tight.
- Unostentatiously; without pretension.
- Synonyms Smaller, Fewer (see less), tiny, puny, stunted, Lilliputian, minute.
- Inconsiderable, unimportant, slender, scanty, moderate, paltry, slight, feeble.
- Shallow. See pettiness.
- Illiberal, stingy, scrimping.
- n. A small thing or quantity; also, the small or slender part of a thing: as, the small of the leg or of the back; specifically, the smallest part of the trunk of a whale; the tapering part toward, near, or at the base of the flukes.
- n. plural Same as small-clothes.
- n. plural The “little go,” or previous examination: as, to be plucked for smalls.
- n. plural In coal-mining, same as small coal (see above).
- n. plural In metal-mining, ore mixed with gangue in particles of small size: a term used with various shades of meaning in certain districts of England.
- To make little or less; lessen.
- In a small quantity or degree; little.
- Low; in low tones; gently; timidly; also, in a shrill or high key.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the slender part of the back
- adj. slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope
- adj. (of children and animals) young, immature
- adj. have fine or very small constituent particles
- adj. lowercase
- adv. on a small scale
- adj. limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
- adj. made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
- adj. not large but sufficient in size or amount
- adj. (of a voice) faint
- adj. low or inferior in station or quality
- adj. limited in size or scope
- n. a garment size for a small person
Middle English smal, from Old English smæl.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English smal, from Old English smæl ("small, narrow, slender"), from Proto-Germanic *smalaz (“small”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mal-, *(s)mel- (“small, mean, malicious”). Cognate with Scots smal; sma ("small"); West Frisian smel ("narrow"); Dutch smal ("narrow"); German schmal ("narrow, small"); Danish, Norwegian, Swedish små ("small"); Latin malus ("bad"); Russian малый (mályj, "small"). (Wiktionary)