little pitcher

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the saying little pitchers have big ears.

Noun[edit]

little pitcher ‎(plural little pitchers)

  1. (idiomatic) A child.
    • 1854, Charles Dickens, Hard Times, ch. 2:
      Thomas Gradgrind now presented Thomas Gradgrind to the little pitchers before him, who were to be filled so full of facts.
    • 1875, Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins, ch. 15:
      "Promise not to tell, or I shall be teased to death," she added, anxiously, entirely forgetting the two little pitchers gifted with eyes as well as ears, who had been watching the whole performance from afar.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually used in the plural.