What is the comparative and superlative for little?
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I had considered this idea as well.
However less and least refer to quantity rather than size.
Superlative - The littlest
Comparative - Littler than (used very infrequently. It would be more appropriate to choose a variant of the word 'little' based on its use)
Yes, as @Jonenealaska says, if it is money then less and least apply. In the case of 'girl' littler and littlest, whilst grammatically correct are seldom used. Small is considered more polite. But if you were talking about crabs you were catching in a net off the pier then I don't see much wrong with littler and littlest.
I believe that the comparative and superlative for the word 'little' are: 'less' and 'least' respectively. If we want to compare inanimate things like dolls, can we say something like:
"My barbie doll is the littlest of all my dolls"
" My barbie doll is the littler of the two dolls".
I disagree with most of these answers. "Little" is an absolute - like the word "unique". It cannot be qualified. "Littlest" is a word rather like the phrase "curiouser and curiouser", in that it is a sort of verbal joke. I have never heard littler. As a test try saying "She is more little (littler) than her sister." It sounds ridiculous. One has to use words like "small" in this context.