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Can I use "little" meaning the age?

For example:

You are still little to do it. Wait until you are 10.

If yes, are there any situations when "little" is preferable over "young"?

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    Regardless of whether "little" and "young" are interchangeable, the sentence is incorrect. It needs "too". – Mr Lister May 29 '16 at 6:52
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"Little" also means "young."

From Oxforddictionaries:

(Of a person) young or younger:
my little brother

Similarly, you can call your older siblings "My big/older brother/sister."

Both, "young" and "little," are correct and can be used interchangeably, but I will be more inclined to choose "younger." Though "little" is more commonly used.

Do not say "small brother/sister," unless you are referring to their physical attribute.

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    "Little brother" usually means "younger brother", not "young brother". Certainly people use the expression a lot about young kids, but it's not uncommon for people to continue to use the phrase even when they and their brother are adults. – nnnnnn May 29 '16 at 7:18
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You're just a little kid. You don't know anything is a typical thing to say. Little does not just refer to the size of the child, but to his young age and inexperience. Little refers to everything about the kid being a kid, the child's "kidness".

Oxford English Dictionary:

Of a child or animal: not close to being fully grown, (very) young; (also) younger than a particular relative

Thus, we can also refer to a younger sibling as either my little sister/brother or my kid sister/brother, and they mean the same thing.

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