[ adverb ] to a small degree; somewhat


a_little a_bit


"it's a bit warm" "felt a little better" "a trifle smaller"

Used in print

(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)

It is almost certain that some of these , usually a_trifle smaller than the honeybees , are andrenas or mining_bees .

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

She was a living doll and no mistake - the blue-black bang , the wide cheekbones , olive flushed , that betrayed the Cherokee strain in her Midwestern lineage , and the mouth whose only fault , in the novelist 's carping phrase , was that the lower lip was a_trifle too voluptuous .