Form & meaning
Small and little are both adjectives.
- Small is used to talk about the size of something.
- Your cat is very small.
- Can I have two small pizzas please?
- Little can be used in the same way as small to refer to size, but it can also be used with another adjective to express an emotion.
- He’s a clever little boy.
- Nobody’s looking after that poor little dog.
In comparative and superlative form, small is more common in British English, and little is more common in American English.
- That’s the smallest phone I’ve ever seen. (more common in British English)
- That’s the littlest phone I’ve ever seen. (more common in American English)