English - Etymology
From Middle English litel, from Old English lȳtel, from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz (“tending to stoop, crouched, little”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewd- (“to bend, bent, small”), equivalent to lout + -le. Cognate with Dutch luttel, German lütt and lützel, West Frisian lyts, Low German lütt, Old High German luzzil, Middle High German lützel, Old English lūtan (“to bow, bend low”); and perhaps to Old English lytig (“deceitful, lot deceit”), Gothic
English - Pronunciation
English - Adjective
- Small in size.
- Insignificant, trivial.
- Very young.
- (of a sibling) Younger.
- Used with the name of place, especially of a country, to denote a neighborhood whose residents or storekeepers are from that place.
English - Adverb
1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter I:
- Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter I:
- Not at all.
English - Determiner
- Not much, only a little: only a small amount (of).