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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Leetle lē′tl a vulgarism for little.
    • ***


In literature:

You take that out on Sixth-ave. and spend it for meat scraps and leetle greens.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
I say, stranger, I guess I was a leetle mite hasty just now.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
You'll be wantin' pie that's a leetle better done on th' under crust next.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Den I'd a leetle ruther be free.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
I see a leetle green in your eye.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
She show it to me, she say, 'Wat leetle child was eat wiz this spoon, Marie?
"Rosin the Beau" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
But s'pose you'll got some small leetle goat; she's good for eat like anything.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
But for all that, blackee never said von leetle word to him.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Prehaps you'd let one o' your leetle boys drive that ere ox over to my house?
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
One thing, howsomever, thet I hev obsarved air a leetle queery, an' sort o' in thar favour.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
I don't conceit that this leetle chap here can help much, but ye girls be big enough to help a good deal.
"Holiday Tales" by W. H. H. Murray
Surely you may try it, my leetle girl.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
Ye'd better 'light an' take a leetle breathin' spell.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
An' she mak' all de tam de leetle whine.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
But afore we parts company let's talk ther matter over a leetle more.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
She'll been leetle boat, not over hondred-feefty poun'.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Now, I ask has any girl in ze class got at home a leetle, leetle brozer or sister?
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
Th' first leetle string o' fence I put up fer corrals went down, mysterious, as fast as I could fix it.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
I am wery sorry, ladies, but I have given him a leetle nose-pleed.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
An' ye're not so young an' ye're a leetle bald.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter

In poetry:

An' Louis, w'en he firse begin
To work hees leetle place,
He work so hard de neighbors say,
"Unless he tak's de easy way
Dat feller’s sure to die some day,
We see it on hees face."
"The Devil" by William Henry Drummond
For on a dark an' stormy night
W'en Louis is sittin' dere,
After he fassen up de door
De devil come as he come before,
Lookin' de sam' only leetle more,
For takin' heem--you know w'ere.
"The Devil" by William Henry Drummond
But see heem now lyin' dere in bed,
Look at de arm onderneat' hees head;
If he grow lak dat till he's twenty year
I bet he'll be stronger dan Louis Cyr
An' beat all de voyageurs leevin' here,
Leetle Bateese!
"Little Bateese" by William Henry Drummond
"De boss on de camp w'ere I alway stay
Since ever de tam I was go away,
He welcome de poores' man dat call,
But love de leetle wan bes' of all,
So dat’s de reason I spik for you
An' come to-night for to bring you t'roo."
"The Last Portage" by William Henry Drummond
But leetle Bateese! please don't forget
We rader you're stayin' de small boy yet,
So chase de chicken an' mak' dem scare
An' do w'at you lak wit' your ole gran'pere
For w'en you're beeg feller he won't be dere—
Leetle Bateese!
"Little Bateese" by William Henry Drummond
Twenty odd year she’s marry, Belzemire Lafreniere,
An' oh! but she’s feelin' lonesome 'cos never a sign is dere--
Purty long tam for waitin', but poor leetle Belzemire
She’s bad enough now for pay up all of dem twenty year.
"Doctor Hilaire" by William Henry Drummond