American English

Definition of little determiner from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    determiner, pronoun
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  1. 1used with uncountable nouns to mean “not much” There was little doubt in my mind. Students have little or no choice in the matter. I understood little of what he said. She said little or nothing (= hardly anything) about her experience. Tell him as little as possible.
  2. 2a little used with uncountable nouns to mean “a small amount,” “some” a little milk/sugar/tea If you have any spare milk, could you give me a little? I've only read a little of the book so far. (formal) It caused not a little/no little (= a lot of) confusion. After a little (= a short time) he got up and left.
  3. Idioms
    little by little
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    slowly; gradually Little by little the snow disappeared. His English is improving little by little.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: little