The Alternative English Dictionary: a little

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Entry definition

a little
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To a small extent or degree. exampleThe door was opened a little.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
Synonyms: a bit, a little bit, skosh
  • a lot
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. a small amount A little water has spilled.

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