old-fashionedsomeone's wife - often used humorously but now considered offensive by many women
➔ a little bird told me
at bird (4)WORD FOCUS: young WORD FOCUS: young other words meaning young:little/smallused to describe young children, especially below the age of 6 teenageused to describe someone who is between 13 and 19 adolescentused to describe someone who is developing into an adult youthfullooking young a young person:kidinformala young person teenagersomeone who is between 13 and 19 youtha man or boy between 15 and 25, especially one who is involved in fighting or crime adolescenta young person who is developing into an adult minora young person who is not yet legally an adult the time when someone is young:childhoodthe time when you are a child youththe time when you are no longer a child but you are still young adolescencethe time when you develop into an adult ➔ See alsoyoungWORD FOCUS: short WORD FOCUS: short speech/piece of writing:brief, concise, condensed, abridged person:not very tall, little, tiny, petite time/event:brief, quick, momentary, fleeting, ephemeral, transient, passing, short-lived legs/fingers:stumpy, stubby clothes:skimpy ➔ See alsoshortWORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: small, littleSmallis a very general word for talking about the size of something• a small village • a small man • He had small brown eyes. • The envelope was too small. • Do you have this shirt in a smaller size?Little is used, especially in spoken English, to show how you feel about someone or something small, for example to show that you like them, dislike them, or feel sorry for them• What lovely little cakes! • her horrid little dog!!You can say 'smaller' or 'smallest', but do not say 'littler' or 'littlest'• Her feet are even smaller (NOT littler/more little) than mine.!! You can use words like 'quite', 'very' and 'too' in front of small, but do not use them with little• a very small car (NOT very little car) ➔ See alsosmall
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.