follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

small time

noun, (in vaudeville)
1.
a circuit of minor theaters giving three or more shows daily.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism

small-time

[smawl-tahym] /ˈsmɔlˈtaɪm/
adjective
1.
of modest or insignificant size, importance, or influence:
a small-time politician.
Origin
1910-15
Related forms
small-timer, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for small time
  • Those are small time commitments, but they're incredibly important.
  • Nor small time hoodlums guns, if they don't have connections with a larger cartel.
  • Notice the one of the main way for them to arrest small time drug users is threw a traffic stop.
  • The effect is to hand control of development to a commission made up almost exclusively of small time architects.
  • Because of the mesh singularities at the poles, an unrealistically small time-step is dictated for numerical stability.
  • They consider platoons of vehicles and simulate traffic flow in small time increments.
  • Don't try to cram lots of information into a small time frame, don't try to be efficient.
British Dictionary definitions for small time

small-time

adjective
1.
(informal) insignificant; minor: a small-time criminal
Derived Forms
small-timer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for small time

small-time

adj.

1910, originally theater slang for lower-salaried circuits, or ones requiring more daily performances; from noun phrase (also 1910). Cf. big time.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for small time

small-time

adjective

Characteristic of the small time; inferior; petty; second-rate; bush league: a small-time political power (1910+ Show business)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with small time

small time

A modest or minor level of achievement, as in Her success took her out of the small time to prime-time television. This expression was originally used in vaudeville for second-rate theaters and productions. [ Early 1900s ]
Also see: big time, def. 2.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for small time

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for small

7
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for small time