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From Middle English smalnesse; equivalent to small +‎ -ness.


smallness (countable and uncountable, plural smallnesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being small.
    His smallness didn't bother him, except when he needed something off the top shelf.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. []. Chapter III.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, [] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, [], London: [] Hen[ry] Brome [], OCLC 48702491; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388, page 136:
      The exiguity and ſmallneſſe of ſome ſeeds extending to large productions is one of the magnalities of nature, ſomewhat illuſtrating the work of the Creation, and vaſt production from nothing.
    • 1963 January, “The Irish scene”, in Modern Railways, page 16:
      Mr. Howden forcibly expressed his view that the U.T.A. [Ulster Transport Authority] rail system "had reached the limit of its smallness".
  2. (countable) The result or product of being small.