Big vs. Little
Big and Little Definitions
Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large.
Small in size
A little dining room.
Having great strength or force
A big wind.
In a big rage.
Small in quantity or extent
A little money.
A little work on the side.
Of great significance; momentous
A big decision.
A big victory.
Short in extent or duration; brief
There is little time left.
Mature or grown-up
Big enough to take the bus by herself.
A little matter.
Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling
My big brother is leaving for college next week.
Mean little comments.
A little mind consumed with trivia.
Filled up; brimming over
Felt big with love.
Having scant power or influence; of minor status
Just a little clerk in the records office.
Had a big heart.
Being at an early stage of growth; young
A little child.
Big with child.
Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling
My little brother is leaving for college next week.
Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence
A big official.
A big chief.
Not much; scarcely
Works long hours, sleeping little.
Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent
A big figure in the peace movement.
Not in the least; not at all
They little expected such a generous gift.
Loud and firm; resounding
A big voice.
A small quantity or amount
Give me a little.
(Informal) Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular
"The Minneapolis indie-rock band was big in the blogosphere, beloved by hipsters, and unknown to pretty much everyone else" (Robert Levine).
Something much less than all
I know little of their history.
(Informal) Self-important; cocky
You're too big for your own good.
A short distance or time
A little down the road.
Waited a little.
In a pretentious or boastful way
Talked big about the new job.
Small in size.
This is a little table.
With considerable success
Made it big with their recent best-selling album.
It's of little importance.
In a thorough or unmistakable way; emphatically
Failed big at the box office.
(offensive) Used to belittle a person.
Listen up, you little shit.
Of great size, large.
Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.
Did he tell you any embarrassing stories about when she was little?
That's the biggest little boy I've ever seen.
Gosh, she is big!
(of a sibling) Younger.
This is my little sister.
Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.
She was big with child.
(often capitalized) Used with the name of a place, especially of a country or its capital, to denote a neighborhood whose residents or storekeepers are from that place.
(informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.
Whoa, Nadia has gotten pretty big since she hit puberty.
(derogatory) To imply that the inhabitants of the place have an insular attitude and are hostile to those they perceive as foreign.
(informal) Adult; (of a child) older.
Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.
We were just playing, and then some big kids came and chased us away.
She did it all on her own like a big girl.
Having few members.
Old, mature. Used to imply that somebody is too old for something, or acting immaturely.
Operating on a small scale.
Little Steel (smaller steel companies, as contrasted with Big Steel)
Little Science (science performed by individuals or small teams, as contrasted with Big Science)
.informal Mature, conscientious, principled; generous.
That's very big of you; thank you!
I tried to be the bigger person and just let it go, but I couldn't help myself.
Short in duration; brief.
I feel better after my little sleep.
(informal) Important or significant.
What's so big about that? I do it all the time.
Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
This is a little known fact.
She spoke little and listened less.
We slept very little last night.
(of a city) Populous.
Not at all.
I was speaking ill of Fred; little did I know that he was right behind me, listening in.
(informal) Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns
You are a big liar.
Why are you in such a big hurry?
Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of).
There is (very) little water left.
We had very little to do.
Operating on a large scale, especially if therefore having undue or sinister influence.
There were concerns about the ethics of big pharma.
Big Tech, Big Steel (large or influential tech or steel companies)
Big Science (science performed by large terms, of large scope, with government or corporate funding)
Not much; not a large amount.
Little is known about his early life.
I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.
A small amount.
Can I try a little of that sauce?
Little did he do to make me comfortable.
If you want some cake, there's a little in the refrigerator
Many littles make a mickle. (Scottish proverb)
In a loud manner.
A child; particularly an infant.
In a boasting manner.
He's always talking big, but he never delivers.
A newly initiated member of a sorority, who is mentored by a big.
In a large amount or to a large extent.
He won big betting on the croquet championship.
The participant in ageplay who acts out the younger role.
On a large scale, expansively.
You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.
(countable) One who has mentally age regressed to a childlike state.
He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.
Small in size or extent; not big; diminutive; - opposed to big or large; as, a little body; a little animal; a little piece of ground; a little hill; a little distance; a little child.
He sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.
Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.
Best him enough: after a little time,I'll beat him too.
(in the plural) The big leagues, big time.
Small in quantity or amount; not much; as, a little food; a little air or water.
Conceited of their little wisdoms, and doting upon their own fancies.
(university slang) A initiated member of a sorority who acts as a mentor to a new member (the little).
Small in dignity, power, or importance; not great; insignificant; contemptible.
When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes?
(BDSM) The participant in ageplay who acts out the older role.
Small in force or efficiency; not strong; weak; slight; inconsiderable; as, little attention or exertion;little effort; little care or diligence.
By sad experiment I knowHow little weight my words with thee can find.
One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.
Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise,Because their natures are little.
The men, and the women, and the little ones.
To inhabit; occupy.
That which is little; a small quantity, amount, space, or the like.
Much was in little writ.
There are many expressions, which carrying with them no clear ideas, are like to remove but little of my ignorance.
To locate oneself.
A small degree or scale; miniature.
A little, to or in a small degree; to a limited extent; somewhat; for a short time. " Stay a little."
The painter flattered her a little.
To build; erect; fashion.
In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; - often with a preceding it.
To dwell; have a dwelling.
A small amount or duration;
He accepted the little they gave him
Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large.
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
A small voice
Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; - often figuratively.
[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.
(quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some;
Little rain fell in May
Gave it little thought
Little hope remained
Little time is left
We still have little money
A little hope remained
A little time is left
Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride.
God hath not in heaven a bigger argument.
I talked big to them at first.
Of short duration or distance;
A brief stay in the country
In a little while
It's a little way away
Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind.
"Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg."
Not fully grown;
What a big little boy you are
(informal terms) small and of little importance;
A fiddling sum of money
A footling gesture
Our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war
A little (or small) matter
Mickey Mouse regulations
A dispute over niggling details
Limited to petty enterprises
Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction
Above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent;
A large city
Set out for the big city
A large sum
A big (or large) barn
A large family
A big expenditure
A large number of newspapers
A big group of scientists
Large areas of the world
(of a voice) faint;
A little voice
A still small voice
Graduation was a big day in his life
Younger brother or sister;
Of very great significance;
Deciding to drop the atom bomb was a very big decision
A momentous event
E.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters
Conspicuous in position or importance;
A big figure in the movement
Big man on campus
He's very large in financial circles
A prominent citizen
Small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context);
A nice little job
Bless your little heart
My dear little mother
A sweet little deal
I'm tired of your petty little schemes
Filthy little tricks
What a nasty little situation
A bad headache
In a big rage
Had a big (or bad) shock
A bad earthquake
A bad storm
He talked little about his family
Loud and firm;
A big voice
Big bold piano sounds
(of animals) fully developed;
An adult animal
A grown woman
Marked by intense physical force;
A big wind
Too big for his britches
Had a swelled head
He was swelled with pride
Older brother or sister;
Generous and understanding and tolerant;
A heart big enough to hold no grudges
That's very big of you to be so forgiving
A large and generous spirit
A large heart
Magnanimous toward his enemies
Given or giving freely;
Was a big tipper
The bounteous goodness of God
A freehanded host
A handsome allowance
Saturday's child is loving and giving
A liberal backer of the arts
A munificent gift
Her fond and openhanded grandfather
In an advanced stage of pregnancy;
Was big with child
Was great with child
His performance went over big
In a boastful manner;
He talked big all evening
On a grand scale;
In a major way;
The play failed big at the box office