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Usage statistics for the adjective small:

spoken English32.51%written English67.49% conversational speech38.54%task-oriented speech61.46% imaginative writing51.96%informational writing48.04%
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Small is sometimes a misspelling of smell.

The word small is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective small

What does small mean as an attribute of a noun?

Small is the 6th most common adjective in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: smaller | smallest

  1. limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. relatively moderate, limited, or small
  3. (of children and animals) young, immature
  4. slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope
    • example: a series of death struggles with small time in between
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • usage: archaicism / archaism
    • similar: little / slight
  5. low or inferior in station or quality
  6. lowercase
  7. (of a voice) faint
    • example: a still small voice
    • synonym of small: little
    • similar: soft
  8. have fine or very small constituent particles
    • example: a small misty rain
    • similar: fine
  9. not large but sufficient in size or amount
    • example: helped in my own small way
    • synonym of small: modest
    • similar: moderate
  10. made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)

Alternative definition of the adjective small


  1. Not large or big; insignificant; few in numbers or size.
  2. [figuratively] Young, as a child.
  3. [context: writing, incomparable] Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

Definition of the adverb small

What does small mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. on a small scale
    • example: think small
    • antonym: big

Definition of the noun small

What does small mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: smalls

  1. the slender part of the back
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • part of: back / dorsum = the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
  2. a garment size for a small person
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: size = the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements

Alternative definition of the noun small


  1. Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.
  2. [UK, in plural] Underclothes.


Who is Small?

Small a.k.a. Ellen Page: Ellen Philpotts-Page, known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started her career in Canada with roles in the television shows Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page ventured into films, winning attention after starring in the 2005 drama Hard Candy, before her breakthrough role as Juno. Her other notable film roles have been in X-Men: The Last Stand, Smart People, Whip It, Super, Inception and X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as providing the voice acting, motion capture and likeness for Jodie Holmes in the video game Beyond: Two Souls.


  1. Small is a musical group, webpage.
  2. Small is a musical group.
    • album: "Finished One"

There are other groups with in their name, like Small Sins, Small Sips, Small Black, Small Color, Small print, Small Sails, Small World, Small Wonder, Phats & Small, Small Defence, Small Factory, Small Jackets, Small Mercies, Small the Joy, Small Wonder?, Small Potatoes, A Small Victory, Small Ball Paul, Small But Angry and Small Victories.


Small is a record label.


  1. Small is a fictional character from the 1998 film The Quarry.
  2. Small is a fictional character from the 2005 film The New World.
  3. Small a.k.a. Ambrose Small is a fictional representation of Canadian theater magnate Ambrose Joseph Small in the book, In the Skin of a Lion.

There are other characters with in their name, like Small's, Mr Small, Sam Small, Small Boy, Small One, Too Small, Jack Small, Small Gods, small-part, Darryl Small, George Small, Lennie Small, Thomas Small, Kenneth Small, Jonathan Small, Small Grey Wolf, Small Town Girl.


  1. "Small" is a 2013 romantic comedy short film written by Christian White and directed by Summer DeRoche.
  2. "Small" is a 2011 short drama film written and directed by Sanne Vogel.


  1. "Small" is a composition.
  2. "Small" is a composition.
  3. "Small" is a musical single of The Animalhouse.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "Small" is a composition.


  1. Small is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. Established in 2005 as a monthly journal, it switched to biweekly in 2009. It publishes research in science and technology on the micro- and nanoscales in the form of Communications, Reviews, Concepts, Highlights, Essays, and Full Papers. The journal was co-founded by Chad Mirkin and Peter Gölitz. The editorial office is in Weinheim, Germany.
  2. SMALL, Small Machine Algol Like Language, is a programming language developed by Dr. Nevil Brownlee of Auckland University.
  3. Small is a family name.

Phrases with Small

  1. Small Ad
  2. small cap
  3. small fry
  4. small-arm
  5. small-cap
  6. Small arms
  7. Small Ball
  8. small beer
  9. Small Blue
  10. small boat
  11. small cane
  12. Small caps
  13. Small Cats
  14. small coal
  15. Small Goby
  16. Small Rush
  17. small ship
  18. small slam
  19. Small Spot
  20. small talk

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Small

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Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

4-5 6 Binoxalate Small rhomboids O-1 O 9 6 Tetra-oxalate Octobedrons Soluble Phosphate Four-sided prisms Very soluble O Biphosphate ...

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary; Or, The Accomplish'd Housewifes Companion ... (1723)

by John Nott

ScALD Lamb's Liver, and shred it small with Beef Marrow, of each half a Pound; mix them with the Yolks of six Eggs beaten, and six Ounces of Spinage fhred small, Thyme and Savoury chopt small, of each two Ounces; Mace, Cloves, and ...

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Usage statistics about small

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective small:

spoken English32.51%written English67.49% conversational speech38.54%task-oriented speech61.46% imaginative writing51.96%informational writing48.04%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective small:


Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective small and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Small


Even the greatest of us is small
Infinitely small
If we consider it all.

But for those of us
Who aren’t the greatest
We may not even be ‘small’.

Yet not nothing,
Not nothing at all. (Shalom Freedman)
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Scrabble value of S1M3A1L1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of SMALL

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