small ( smaller comparative) ( smallest superlative )
1 adj A small person, thing, or amount of something is not large in physical size., (Antonym: large)
She is small for her age..., The window was far too small for him to get through..., Stick them on using a small amount of glue.
Amy had not mentioned the smallness and bareness of Luis's home.
2 adj A small group or quantity consists of only a few people or things., (Antonym: large)
A small group of students meets regularly to learn Japanese..., Guns continued to be produced in small numbers.
3 adj A small child is a very young child.
I have a wife and two small children..., What were you like when you were small?
4 adj You use small to describe something that is not significant or great in degree.
(=minor) (Antonym: major)
It's quite easy to make quite small changes to the way that you work..., No detail was too small to escape her attention...
5 adj Small businesses or companies employ a small number of people and do business with a small number of clients.
...shops, restaurants and other small businesses...
6 adj If someone makes you look or feel small, they make you look or feel stupid or ashamed.
This may just be another of her schemes to make me look small...
7 n-sing The small of your back is the bottom part of your back that curves in slightly.
the N of n
Place your hands on the small of your back and breathe in.
the small hours →
small wonder →
small ad ( small ads plural ) Thesmall ads in a newspaper are short advertisements in which you can advertise something such as an object for sale or a room to let. n-count usu the N in pl
Prospective buyers should study the small ads in the daily newspaper.
Small arms are guns that are light and easy to carry. n-plural
The two sides exchanged small arms fire for about three hours.
If you say that something is small beer, you mean that it is unimportant in comparison with something else.
Such roles are small beer compared with the fame she once enjoyed.
Small change is coins of low value. n-uncount
She was counting out 30p, mostly in small change, into my hand.
small fry ( small fry plural ) Small fry is used to refer to someone or something that is considered to be unimportant. n-uncount also N in pl
What they owe to the Inland Revenue is small fry compared to the overall £1.2 million debt...
If something happens in thesmall hours, it happens soon after midnight, in the very early morning. n-plural usu in the N, oft N of n
They were arrested in the small hours of Saturday morning.
If you say that someone is small-minded, you are critical of them because they have fixed opinions and are unwilling to change them or to think about more general subjects. adj
...their small-minded preoccupation with making money.
Thesmall print of a contract or agreement is the part of it that is written in very small print. You refer to it as thesmall print especially when you think that it might include unfavourable conditions which someone might not notice or understand. n-uncount usu the N
Read the small print in your contract to find out exactly what you are insured for.
A small-scale activity or organization is small in size and limited in extent. adj usu ADJ n (Antonym: large-scale)
...the small-scale production of farmhouse cheeses in Devon.
When people talk about the small screen, they are referring to television, in contrast to films that are made for the cinema. n-sing usu the N (Antonym: big screen)
Now he is also to become a star of the small screen...
Small talk is polite conversation about unimportant things that people make at social occasions. n-uncount
Smiling for the cameras, the two men strained to make small talk.
If you refer to workers or businesses as small-time, you think they are not very important because their work is limited in extent or not very successful. adj
...small time drug dealers.
in BRIT, also use smalltown
Small town is used when referring to small places, usually in the United States, where people are friendly, honest, and polite, or to the people there. Small town is also sometimes used to suggest that someone has old-fashioned ideas.
(mainly AM) adj usu ADJ n
...an idealized small-town America of neat, middle-class homes...