From Middle English litel, from Old English lȳtel, from Proto-West Germanic *lūtil, 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, regional German lütt and lützel, West Frisian lyts, Low German lütt, Old High German luzzil, Middle High German lützel, Old English lutan ("to bow, bend low"); and perhaps to Old English lytig ("deceitful, lot deceit"), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐍄𐍃 ("deceitful"), 𐌻𐌿𐍄𐌾𐌰𐌽; compare also Icelandic lítill ("little"), Swedish liten, Danish liden, lille, Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃, which appear to have a different root vowel. More at lout.
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