small hours

small hours
noun plural Date: circa 1837 the early morning hours

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  • Small hours — Small Small (sm[add]l), a. [Compar. {Smaller}; superl. {Smallest}.] [OE. small, AS. sm[ae]l; akin to D. smal narrow, OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal, Goth. smals small, Icel. smali smal cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • small hours — ► PLURAL NOUN (the small hours) ▪ the early hours of the morning after midnight …   English terms dictionary

  • small hours — hours after midnight; early morning hours: We danced into the small hours. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • small hours — small′ hours′ n. pl. the hours immediately after midnight; the wee hours • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • small hours — n. the first few hours after midnight …   English World dictionary

  • small hours — noun the hours just after midnight • Hypernyms: ↑hour, ↑time of day • Part Holonyms: ↑night, ↑nighttime, ↑dark * * * noun plural : hours of the early morning immediately following midnight used with …   Useful english dictionary

  • small hours —    The term the small hours means after midnight or the very early hours of the day.     Sarah worked until the small hours on her speech for the ceremony …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • small hours — noun (plural) the small hours the early morning hours, between about one and four o clock: We stayed up talking into the small hours …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • small hours — N PLURAL: usu in the N, oft N of n If something happens in the small hours, it happens soon after midnight, in the very early morning. They were arrested in the small hours of Saturday morning …   English dictionary

  • small\ hours — n. phr. the very early hours of the morning between 1 and 4 A.M. My brother was in trouble for coming home in the small hours. See: wee hours …   Словарь американских идиом

  • small hours — noun The very early morning, just after midnight, when most people are asleep. Syn: wee hours, wee small hours …   Wiktionary

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