Definition of small man in English:

small man

Pronunciation /ˈsmɔːl man/

noun

  • 1 historical Usually in form smallman. A minor manorial tenant holding land by copyhold.

    Recorded earliest in "smallman's land" noun a small piece of land held by copyhold.

  • 2With the. The typical small-scale proprietor of land or (now especially) a business.

Origin

Late Middle English. From small + man. Earlier currency is implied by post-classical Latin smalemannus, in the same sense.