not large in size, number, degree, amount, etc.
a small house/town/car/man
A much smaller number of students passed than I had expected.
They're having a relatively small wedding.
That dress is too small for you.
‘I don't agree,’ he said in a small (= quiet) voice.
used to describe one size in a range of sizes of clothes, food, products used in the house, etc.
small, medium, large
This is too big─have you got a small one?
not as big as sth else of the same kind
the small intestine
They have three small children.
We travelled around a lot when I was small.
As a small boy he had spent most of his time with his grandparents.
slight; not important
I made only a few small changes to the report.
She noticed several small errors in his work.
Everything had been planned down to the smallest detail.
It was no small achievement getting her to agree to the deal.
not doing business on a very large scale
a small farmer
The government is planning to give more help to small businesses.
not written or printed as capitals
Should I write ‘god’ with a small ‘g’ or a capital?
She's a socialist with a small ‘s’ (= she has socialist ideas but is not a member of a socialist party) .
used with uncountable nouns
little; not much
The government has small cause for optimism.
They have small hope of succeeding.
to be happy that a situation that is bad is not as bad as it could have been
Well, at least you weren't hurt. I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies.
used to express your surprise when you meet sb you know in an unexpected place, or when you are talking to sb and find out that you both know the same person
to look or feel stupid, weak, ashamed, etc.
an important person (in a small community)
of all sizes or types
all creatures great and small
the period of time very early in the morning, soon after midnight
We worked well into the small hours.
The fighting began in the early hours of Saturday morning.
the voice of God or your conscience , that tells you to do what is morally right
used to tell sb not to worry about small details or unimportant things
大 / 小规模地
on a large/small scale
The new delivery service has taken off in a big way.
Many people are investing in a small way in the stock market.
it is not surprising
It is little wonder (that) she was so upset.
No wonder you're tired, you've been walking for hours.
into small pieces
Chop the cabbage up small.
in a small size
You can fit it all in if you write very small.
the lower part of the back where it curves in
small items of clothing, especially underwear
a garment size for a small person
the slender part of the back
made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
- her comments made me feel small
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
- a little dining room
- a little house
- a small car
- a little (or small) group
limited in size or scope
- a small business
- a newspaper with a modest circulation
- small-scale plans
- a pocket-size country
(of a voice) faint
- a little voice
- a still small voice
- little a
- small a
- e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters
not large but sufficient in size or amount
- a modest salary
- modest inflation
- helped in my own small way
(of children and animals) young, immature
- what a big little boy you are
- small children
have fine or very small constituent particles
- a small misty rain
low or inferior in station or quality
- a humble cottage
- a lowly parish priest
- a modest man of the people
- small beginnings
on a small scale
- think small