Translation of "little" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈlɪt.əl/ us /ˈlɪt̬.əl/

little adjective (SMALL)

A1 small in size or amount

It came in a little box. 它是装在一个小盒子里送来的。
a little dog/nose/room 小狗/鼻子/房间
A little old man came into the room. 一个小老头走进了商店。
He gave a little smile. 他微微笑了笑。
It'll only take a little while to clear up the kitchen. 用不了多少时间就能把厨房收拾好。
a little something

a small amount of food or drink

I always like to have a little something around eleven o'clock in the morning. 我总喜欢在上午11点左右吃点东西。

a present that is not of great value

I want to buy a little something to give to Val when I visit her in hospital. 我去医院看瓦尔的时候想给她买个小礼物。

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little adjective (YOUNG)

A1 young

When you were little your hair was really curly. 你小的时候头发卷得很厉害。
She was my little (= younger) sister and I took care of her. 她是我妹妹,我负责照顾她。
Her little boy (= her young son) isn't well. 她的小儿子身体有些不适。

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little adjective (EMPHASIZE)

B2 [ before noun ] used to emphasize an opinion that is being given about something or someone

That was a nice little suit she was wearing. 她穿的那身套装真的很漂亮。
It's not a bad little restaurant, is it? 这家饭馆确实不错,是不是?
He's a nasty little man. 他可真是个讨厌的家伙。

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little adjective (UNIMPORTANT)

B1 [ before noun ] not very important or serious

I had a little problem with my car, but it's been fixed now. 我的车有点小毛病,不过现在已经修好了。
It's often the little things that count the most. 常常是一些微不足道的东西发挥的作用最大。
Can I have a little word (= a short discussion about something not very important) with you? 我能和你聊几句吗?


uk /ˈlɪt.əl/ us /ˈlɪt̬.əl/

little determiner (NOT ENOUGH)

B1 not much or enough

There seems little hope of a ceasefire. 看来停火的希望很渺茫了。
They have very little money. 他们手头钱很少。
There's so little choice. 可选择的余地太小了。

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little determiner (SMALL AMOUNT)

a little

B1 a small amount of something

This sauce needs a little salt. 这种酱汁需要加点盐。
With a little training she could do very well. 只要稍加培训她就能做得很好。
Can I give you a little advice? 我可以给你提一点建议吗?

littlepronoun, noun

uk /ˈlɪt.əl/ us /ˈlɪt̬.əl/

little pronoun, noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

B1 [ S ] a small amount

I could only hear a little of what they were saying. 他们说的话我只能听到一点。
He does as little as possible at work. 他上班时能偷懒就偷懒。
There's not much flour left but you're welcome to the/what little there is. 虽然面粉剩得不多了,但你可以随便拿。

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  • We ate a little of the bread.
  • He gave us a little of his money.
  • I already knew a little of what he had to say.
  • She eats as little as she can.
  • You can see what little I have.

little pronoun, noun (NOT ENOUGH)

B1 an amount that is not much or not enough

We did very little on Sunday. 星期天我们干的活很少。
Very little of what he said made any sense to me. 他说的话我几乎一点儿都不明白。
Unfortunately, little of the artist's work has survived. 不幸的是,画家的作品几乎无一幸存。
The government has done little or nothing to help the poorest people in this country. 政府几乎没有采取任何举措来帮助国内最贫穷的人们。
The little we do know about the people who lived here suggests they had a very sophisticated society. 我们对那些曾经在这里生活过的人们知之甚少,但可以确定的是他们当时的社会已经相当成熟。

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uk /ˈlɪt.əl/ us /ˈlɪt̬.əl/

little adverb (SMALL AMOUNT)

a little (bit)

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A2 slightly

I was a little bit worried by what she said. 她的话让我有点担心。
We'll wait a little longer and then I'll phone them. 我们再稍微等一等,还不来的话我会给他们打电话的。
There's only a little further to go. 再走一会就到了。
little by little

B2 slowly or gradually

Little by little she came to understand why he had behaved the way he did. 渐渐地她明白了他为什么会那么做。

little adverb (NOT MUCH)

C1 not much

She slept very little that night. 她晚饭吃得很少。
a little-known fact 鲜为人知的事实
Little did he know what lay in store for him. 几乎一点儿也不知道等待他的将会是什么。

(Translation of “little” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)