Green’s Dictionary of Slang

small adj.

SE in slang uses

In derivatives

smaller (n.)

[mid-19C] (US) a glass of undiluted spirits.

In compounds

small and early (n.)

[mid-19C–1910s] (UK society) an informal dance (as opposed to a full-scale ball), to which few guests are invited and which starts early and ends before midnight; also attrib.

small beans (n.) (also small bananas)

[20C+] an insignificant thing; usu. in negative.

small beer

see separate entries.

small bones (n.)

see separate entry.

small-bore (adj.) [SE small bore, a small calibre gun barrel]

[1900s] (US) trivial, insignificant.

small bread (n.) [bread n.1 (2)]

[1940s–50s] (US black) anything insignificant, esp. a small amount of money.

small change

see separate entries.

small cheque (n.)

[late 19C] a dram.

smallcoal man (n.)

[mid-18C] (UK und.) a clerfgyman.

small coals (n.)

[mid-19C] that which is inferior, worthless, second-rate.

smallest room (in the house) (n.) (also small house)

[1930s+] a euph. for the lavatory in a private house.

small fortune (n.) [understatement]

[20C+] (orig. US) a very large sum of money, esp. when paid out for some commodity.

small gang (v.) [? the ‘gang’ requires only one or two people]

1. [mid–late 19C] to rob in the street.

2. in fig. use.

small meat (n.) (also little meat) [meat n. (2)]

[1960s+] (US gay) a small penis.

small nickel (n.) [nickel n. (4)]

[20C+] (US gambling) a bet of $50.

small pipe (n.)

[1940s–50s] (US) an alto saxophone.

small potato/potatoes

see separate entries.

small shit (n.) [shit n. (2a)]

[1970s+] (US) someone or something insignificant, unimportant.

small stuff (n.)

[1940s] (US) a term of address to a short person, slightly derog.

small time/-timer

see separate entries.