قليل

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the root ق ل ل(q-l-l). Related to Aramaic קלל‎.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /qa.liːl/
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    • (Hejazi) IPA(key): [ɡa.liːl]

Adjective[edit]

قَلِيل (qalīl) (feminine قَلِيلَة(qalīla), masculine plural قَلِيلُون(qalīlūn) or قُلُل(qulul) or أَقِلَّاء(ʾaqillāʾ), feminine plural قَلِيلَات(qalīlāt) or قَلَائِل(qalāʾil), elative أَقَلّ(ʾaqall))

  1. few, little
    • 609–632 C.E., Qur'an, 8:43:
      إِذْ يُرِيكَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ فِي مَنَامِكَ قَلِيلًاۖ وَلَوْ أَرَاكَهُمْ كَثِيرًا لَّفَشِلْتُمْ وَلَتَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي ٱلْأَمْرِ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ سَلَّمَۗ إِنَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ ٱلصُّدُورِ
      ʾiḏ yurīkahumu l-lahu fī manāmika qalīlan walaw ʾarākahum kaṯīran llafašiltum walatanāzaʿtum fī l-ʾamri walākinna l-laha sallama ʾinnahu ʿalīmun biḏāti ṣ-ṣudūri
      When Allah showed them unto thee in thy dream as few, and if he had shown them to thee as many, ye would have dithered and would have made a fuss of the matter, but God kept you safe of it, for he knows how the breasts of the people go.
  2. scarce
  3. short, thin, paltry, insignificant-looking

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Noun[edit]

قَلِيل (qalīlm

  1. a few; a little
    • 609–632 C.E., Qur'an, 17:85:
      وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الرُّوحِ قُلِ الرُّوحُ مِنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّي وَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِنَ الْعِلْمِ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا‎‎
      wayasʾalūnaka ʿani r-rūḥi quli r-rūḥu min ʾamri rabbī wamā ʾūtītum mina l-ʿilmi ʾillā qalīlan
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