SMALL in sign language

How to sign "small" in American Sign Language (ASL) with variants that can convey gradient nuances of meaning.

ASL signs for "small"

Definition: Of a size that is less than normal or usual.

Pronunciation (sign description): Both flat hands apart in neutral space, palms facing each other, converge each other close.

Usage/context examples: "The house is small", "Which cup size? Hmm, small*", "a small town".

Sign description II: The movement is repeated with brisk, small motions in some contexts.

*At least for a beginner. There are other ways of signing small, medium, and large sizes of a drink along with mouth morphemes.

Pronunciation (sign description): Same as above, but the movement is once and more intense along with the mouthing "SMO", meaning so small or very small.

Usage/context examples: "Oh, the house so small."



Opposite: BIG, LARGE.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for SMALL

Written ASL digit for "SMALL (very)" contributed by Todd Hicks in the ASLwrite community, 2018.

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