Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to mite: widow's mite
proverb To a minor or small extent. I thought it was a mite mean to say what she did, but I'm not too upset about it. It got a mite warm when the sun started shining so I'm not going to need to wear this coat today.
A small monetary contribution made by one who is poor. Edna hardly has any money, and she still gives the church a widow's mite.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
a widow's mitea small monetary contribution from someone who is poor.
This phrase comes from a story recounted in Mark 12:41–4. A poor widow donated two mites (coins of very low value) to the treasury of the Temple in Jerusalem, a sum which constituted all the money she possessed. Witnessing this act, Jesus told his disciples that she had given more than the richest contributor because she had given all that she had.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
To a small degree; somewhat: That remark was a mite unfair.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.