- 1little in size, amount, or degree
- 2not great in importance or influence
- 3(of a voice or sound) quiet and low in volume
Using small: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "small" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The room was too small for all of us.
She has a small garden behind her house.
He has a small amount of money left.
The company is still in its small beginnings.
small Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using small
something insignificant or unimportant
Compared to the other issues we're dealing with, this is small potatoes.
We need to focus on the big players, not the small fish.
Small wonder she's tired after working a 12-hour shift.
Phrases with small
polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions
We made small talk while waiting for the meeting to start.
the part of a contract or agreement that contains important details and conditions, often printed in small letters
Be sure to read the small print before signing the contract.
I found some small change in my pocket and bought a candy bar.
Origins of small
from Old English 'smæl'
Summary: small in Brief
The word 'small' [smɔːl] describes something little in size, amount, or degree. It can also refer to things that are not great in importance or influence, such as 'The company is still in its small beginnings.' 'Small' can also describe a quiet and low voice or sound. Phrases like 'small talk' and 'small print' denote polite conversation and important details, respectively. Idioms like 'small potatoes' and 'small fish' refer to insignificant things or people.