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Littel vs. Little: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Aimie Carlson || By Janet White || Updated on March 13, 2024
"Littel" is a frequent misspelling, while "Little" is correct, denoting a small size or amount.

Which is correct: Littel or Little

How to spell Little?

Littel is Incorrect

Little is Correct


Key Differences

Visualize a small item and think of it as "Little," not "Littel."
Practice writing "Little" frequently to commit it to muscle memory.
Remember "Little" is related to "Lit," like a small light.
Associate "Little" with common phrases like "Little Red Riding Hood."
Recollect popular titles like "Little Women" to reinforce correct spelling.

Correct usage of Little

The kittel cat chased its tail all afternoon.
The little cat chased its tail all afternoon.
Littel children often need help tying their shoes.
Little children often need help tying their shoes.
He could see a littel light shining in the distance.
He could see a little light shining in the distance.
She felt very littel when she stood next to the tall building.
She felt very little when she stood next to the tall building.
The littel boy shared his toys with his sister.
The little boy shared his toys with his sister.

Little Definitions

Young in age.
When I was a little boy, I loved to climb trees.
Small in size
A little dining room.
Small in quantity or extent
A little money.
A little work on the side.
Short in extent or duration; brief
There is little time left.
Unimportant; trivial
A little matter.
Narrow; petty
Mean little comments.
A little mind consumed with trivia.
Having scant power or influence; of minor status
Just a little clerk in the records office.
Being at an early stage of growth; young
A little child.
Younger or youngest. Used especially of a sibling
My little brother is leaving for college next week.
Not much; scarcely
Works long hours, sleeping little.
Not in the least; not at all
They little expected such a generous gift.
A small quantity or amount
Give me a little.
Something much less than all
I know little of their history.
A short distance or time
A little down the road.
Waited a little.
Small in size.
This is a little table.
Insignificant, trivial.
It's of little importance.
(offensive) Used to belittle a person.
Listen up, you little shit.
Very young.
Did he tell you any embarrassing stories about when she was little?
That's the biggest little boy I've ever seen.
(of a sibling) Younger.
This is my little sister.
(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.
(derogatory) To imply that the inhabitants of the place have an insular attitude and are hostile to those they perceive as foreign.
Having few members.
Little herd
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)
Short in duration; brief.
I feel better after my little sleep.
Small in extent of views or sympathies; narrow; shallow; contracted; mean; illiberal; ungenerous.
Not much.
This is a little known fact.
She spoke little and listened less.
We slept very little last night.
Not at all.
I was speaking ill of Fred; little did I know that he was right behind me, listening in.
Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of).
There is (very) little water left.
We had very little to do.
Not much; not a large amount.
Little is known about his early life.
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)
A child; particularly an infant.
A newly initiated member of a sorority, who is mentored by a big.
The participant in ageplay who acts out the younger role.
(countable) One who has mentally age regressed to a childlike state.
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.
Short in duration; brief; as, a little sleep.
Best him enough: after a little time,I'll beat him too.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
In a small quantity or degree; not much; slightly; somewhat; - often with a preceding it.
A small amount or duration;
He accepted the little they gave him
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
(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
Of short duration or distance;
A brief stay in the country
In a little while
It's a little way away
Not fully grown;
What a big little boy you are
Small children
(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
Piffling efforts
Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction
(of a voice) faint;
A little voice
A still small voice
Younger brother or sister;
Little brother
Little a
Small a
E.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters
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
Not much;
He talked little about his family
Minor or insignificant.
It's just a little problem, nothing major.
A small quantity or amount.
He has a little money saved up.
Expressing affection or diminution.
My little sister is adorable.

Little Sentences

The little girl loved to dance in the rain.
Every little thing matters in a big project.
A little bit of kindness can go a long way.
She added a little sugar to the recipe for extra sweetness.
The puppy was a little scared of the water at first.
She felt a little better after taking the medicine.
With just a little effort, they finished the cleanup.
A little snow fell overnight, covering the ground.
The teacher asked for a little quiet in the classroom.
The movie was a little too scary for the youngest child.
A little rest is sometimes all you need.
She had a little trouble finding her way back.
He saved a little money each month for his vacation.
He was just a little short of the mark in the long jump.
The garden needed a little water to thrive.
A little exercise each day keeps you healthy.
With a little patience, you can learn anything.
A little creativity can turn something ordinary into something special.
He offered a little advice to his friend in need.
They found a little shop hidden at the corner of the street.
The little bird flew out of its nest for the first time.
It takes a little time to make great things happen.
They shared a little laugh over the joke.
She gave him a little smile as she walked by.
The story was a little confusing at first, but then it became clear.


What is the pronunciation of Little?


Why is it called Little?

The term "Little" is derived from Old English to describe something small in size or amount.

What is the plural form of Little?

"Littles" but this is rare and context-dependent.

Which conjunction is used with Little?

Context-dependent, but "and" can be used, e.g., "Little and large."

What is the singular form of Little?


Which article is used with Little?

"a" as in "a little."

What is the verb form of Little?

"Little" does not have a verb form; it's primarily an adjective.

Which vowel is used before Little?

Commonly "a" as in "a little."

What is the root word of Little?

The root is "Little" itself, derived from Old English "lȳtel."

Which preposition is used with Little?

"of" as in "a little of something."

Is Little an adverb?

Yes, as in "little known."

Is the Little term a metaphor?

Not inherently, but can be used metaphorically.

Is Little an abstract noun?


Is Little a collective noun?


What is the third form of Little?

Again, "Little" does not have verb forms.

Is Little a vowel or consonant?

"Little" is a word, not a single letter.

Which determiner is used with Little?

"A" or "the" depending on context.

How do we divide Little into syllables?


What part of speech is Little?

Adjective, noun, and sometimes adverb.

What is the first form of Little?

Little is an adjective and doesn't have verb forms.

How is Little used in a sentence?

"She has a little dog that always follows her."

What is a stressed syllable in Little?

The first syllable: "Lit."

Is Little a noun or adjective?

"Little" is primarily an adjective but can also be a noun.

Is Little a negative or positive word?

Neutral, but context can give it positive or negative connotations.

Is Little a countable noun?

Not in its typical usage.

Is the word Little imperative?


How many syllables are in Little?

Two syllables.

What is another term for Little?


What is the opposite of Little?

Large or big.

What is the second form of Little?

As above, "Little" doesn't have verb forms.
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