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little people Syllabification: lit·tle peo·ple

Definition of little people in English:

plural noun

1The ordinary people in a country, organization, etc., who do not have much power.
Example sentences
  • While the political elite are busy vying for power, the little people have been duped.
  • But he's all about the little people, the working man, the common folk.
  • If, as you think, she is a changed woman re the injustice system for the little people and privilege for the rich and powerful elite, she could certainly be a driving force for the important issues we face.
2Small supernatural creatures such as fairies and leprechauns.
Example sentences
  • I know they say Ireland is the home of the little people but at least leprechauns stay out of your way until you find them and their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • Johnny had never heard of the little people - Irish leprechauns or Scottish brownies.
  • On the other hand, there is slight incongruity in the threat that the little people or fairies will tickle children laughing in church, so that they grow up as giggling morons.

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