- Eye dialect spelling of little.
1898, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Folks from Dixie, page 118:
- " Go s'eepy, baby; don' you be 'Paid; mammy ain' gwine let nuffin' hu't you, even ef pappy don' wan' look at huh li'l face. Bye, bye, go s'eepy, mammy's li'l gal."
2006, Cris Burks, Neecey's lullaby:
- Jesse called her his li'l cutie pie. Because she was happy to be so cute and her daddy's little girl,