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(Litill-,) Lytil-, Litle-ane, n. Also: littell-ayne and litill-, lit(t)l(e)-on(e. [e.m.E. little-one, lytell-won (Tindale Matth. xviii. 6); Litil(l a. 2. The mod. dial. of the north-east has littlin, -en, -an, littleane an infant, a small child.] A child.(a) 1587 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 510.
Imployet to the resaving and lugeing of the puir littell aynes that gangs thiggand throw the gaits and lyes vnder the staires
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 69.
The declaration … of thy wordis … gevis trew intellegence to the lytil anes [L. parvulis]
1601 Elgin Rec. II. 92.
That the hous quhairin Fermour the smyth duellis be attribut to the veill and use of the puirlitle anis quhilk gretis throch the toun under the silens of nycht
1604 Ib. 130.
William Irving, Sandie Sinclar, Jhone Gawis sone with xxx uther litle anes … playand in the Channonrie kirkyaird
(b) 1620 Perth Kirk S. MS. 24 Jan.
To intertenye a pure skade litillone
1622 Chron. Perth 88.
To give hospitality to the young little one his oye
1642 Strathbogie Presb. 31.
All proceided wpon the report of a foolish litle on, within tuell yeiris of age
1686 Dunlop P. III. 24.
Your two sons are very thriving littl ones
1687 Ib. 42.

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