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small

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English smal, from Old English smæl (“small, narrow, slender”), from Proto-Germanic *smalaz (“small”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mal-, *(s)mel- (“small, mean, malicious”). Cognate with Scots smal; sma (“small”); West Frisian smel (“narrow”); Dutch smal (“narrow”); German schmal (“narrow, small”); Danish, Norwegian, Swedish smal (“narrow; thin; slender”); Latin malus (“bad”); Russian ма́лый (mályj, “small”).

Adjective[edit]

small (comparative smaller, superlative smallest)

  1. Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
    • 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
      Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. Piling debt onto companies’ balance-sheets is only a small part of what leveraged buy-outs are about, they insist. Improving the workings of the businesses they take over is just as core to their calling, if not more so. Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster.
    A small serving of ice cream.
    A small group.
    He made us all feel small.
  2. (figuratively) Young, as a child.
    Remember when the children were small?
  3. (writing, incomparable) Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written or printed letters.
  4. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.
    • Carlyle
      A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man.
  5. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.
    a small space of time
  6. (archaic) Slender, gracefully slim.

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Derived terms[edit]

Terms derived from small (adj.)

Translations[edit]

not large young minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters

Adverb[edit]

small (comparative smaller, superlative smallest)

  1. In a small fashion. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. In or into small pieces.
    • 2009, Ingrid Hoffman, CBS Early Morning for September 28, 2009 (transcription)
      That's going to go in there. We've got some chives small chopped as well.
  3. (obsolete) To a small extent.
  4. (obsolete) In a low tone; softly.

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

small (plural smalls)

  1. (rare) Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.

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Verb[edit]

small (third-person singular simple present smalls, present participle smalling, simple past and past participle smalled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make little or less.
  2. (intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.
    • Thomas Hardy
      And smalled till she was nought at all.

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Icelandic[edit]

Verb[edit]

small (strong)

  1. first-person singular past indicative of smella
  2. third-person singular past indicative of smella

Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German smal, from Old Saxon smal, from Proto-Germanic *smalaz. Cognate with German schmal, Dutch smal, English small.

Adjective[edit]

small (comparative smaller, superlative smallst)

  1. narrow
  2. small, slender

Declension[edit]

Positive forms of small gendersingularplural masculinefeminineneuterall genders predicativehe is small se is small dat is small se sünd small partitiveeen Smalls een Smalls wat Smalls allens Small strong declension
(without article)nominativesmalle smalle small smalle obliquesmallen smalle small smalle weak declension
(with definite article)nominativede smalle de smalle dat smalle de smallen obliqueden smallen de smalle dat smalle de smallen mixed declension
(with indefinite article)nominativeen smalle en smalle en small/smallet (keen) smallen obliqueen smallen en smalle en small/smallet (keen) smallen Comparative forms of small gendersingularplural masculinefeminineneuterall genders predicativehe is smaller se is smaller dat is smaller se sünd smaller partitiveeen smallers een smallers wat smallers allens smaller strong declension
(without article)nominativesmallere smallere smaller smallere obliquesmallern smallere smaller smallere weak declension
(with definite article)nominativede smallere de smallere dat smallere de smallern obliqueden smallern de smallere dat smallere de smallern mixed declension
(with indefinite article)nominativeen smallere en smallere en smaller (keen) smallern obliqueen smallern en smallere en smaller (keen) smallern Superlative forms of small gendersingularplural masculinefeminineneuterall genders predicativehe is de Smallste se is de Smallste dat is dat Smallste se sünd de Smallsten strong declension
(without article)nominativesmallste smallste smallst smallste obliquesmallsten smallste smallst smallste weak declension
(with definite article)nominativede smallste de smallste dat smallste de smallsten obliqueden smallsten de smallste dat smallste de smallsten mixed declension
(with indefinite article)nominativeen smallste en smallste en smallst (keen) smallsten obliqueen smallsten en smallste en smallst (keen) smallsten Note: This declension is one of many; neither its grammar nor spelling apply to all dialects.

Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

small

  1. Alternative form of smal

Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

small

  1. past tense of smälla.
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