Definition of little determiner from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    determiner, pronoun
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪtl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtl//
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  1. 1  used 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. 2  a 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. Word OriginOld English lȳtel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch luttel, German dialect lützel.Idioms  slowly; gradually Little by little the snow disappeared. His English is improving little by little.
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