lytel
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun, Adjective
Gender: Feminine
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lytel
adj., and neut. of adj. Add:: , lýtel (?). A. adj. I. as the opposite of great. 1. of material objects, portions of space, &c., small in size, not large Ne bið nǽnig tó þæs lytel lið on lime áweaxen, Seel. 96. Swilce án lytel (lytlu, v. l. ) pricu, Bt. 18, 1 ; F. 62, 4. Lyttel scipp naviculam, Mt. L. 13, 2. Sé ðe lytelo bý (domicilium) hæfde in byrgennum, Mk. L. 5, 3. .II. lytle bollan fulle, Lch. ii. 214, 11. ¶ If of a person's stature :-- Hé wæs lytel (lyttel pussillus, L.) on wæstmum, Lk. 19, 3. (1 a) used to designate species or varieties which are distinguished by their srnallness from others belonging to the same genus or bearing the same name :-- Brúne wyrt, háre wyrt lytelu, Lch, ii. 132, 8. (1 b) with superlative force in little finger, toe :-- Gif se lytla bið of áslegen, Ll. Th. i. 96, 7. Sió lytle tá, 23. On ðǽm lytlan . . . ánum fingre (cf. on ðám lǽstan fingre, Bt. 33, 4; F. 132, 1), Met. 20, 179. 2. used of young children Lytel cnæht ðes parvolus iste, Mt. L. 18, 4. Syle þicgean on wine geongum men fif cuceleras fulle, and gingrum and untrumum and wífum þrý cuculeras, litlum cildum ánne, Lch. i. 122, 24. Lytlo cild parvulos, Mk. 10, 13. 3. of collective unities, having few members, inhabitants, &c. ; small in number Hér is an lytele (parva) burg swíðe neáh . . . Hió is án lytel (modica ), Past. 399, 23. Is hiora here . . . tó lytel swelcra láriówa, Met. 10, 55. Lytlo édo pusillo gregi, Lk. p. 7, 15. Lytle werede, Gen. 2093. Ic wát hér áne neáh lytle ceastre, 2578. Lytle worado pauci, Lk. L. 13, 23. 4. of immaterial things, considered in respect of their quantity, length in series, &c. Gé eów ondrǽdaþ gé onfón tó lytlum leánum, Bl. H. 41, 21. Lytlum sticcum leóðworda dǽl reccan, An. 1490. 5. of distance or period of time. Cf. B. II. 3 Ðá geswigode se wísdóm áne lytle hwíle, Bt. 7, 1 ; F. 16, 5. Lytle hwíle, B. 2030. Þone lytlan fyrst, Cri. 1323. 6. of qualities, conditions, &c. , small in extent or degree Mé þúhte þæt sár swíðe lytel oððe ealles náwiht, Solil. H. 41, 4. Mé ne þincþ náuht lytel gód þisses andweardan lífes gesǽlþa, ne eác náuht lytel yfel his ungesǽlþa in hac ipsa fortuna populari nonnihil boni malive inesse perpendo, Bt. 39, 2 ; F. 212, 14. Nales fore lytlum . . . ac fore þám mǽstan mægenearfeðum, Cri. 963. 7. not of importance, a. of things, trifling, trivial Þonne ongit hé hú lytel se hlísa bið and hú lǽne and hú tédre and hú bedǽled ǽlces gódes fama quam sit exilis et totius vacua ponderis, Bt. 18, 1; F. 60, 29. Hé biþ for swíþe lytlium þingum gedréfed, 1. 11; F. 32, 18, Énne of bebodum ðissum lytlum (minimus ), Mt. L. 5, 19. For ðám ðe þú wǽre getrýwe ofer lytle þing, ic gesette þé ofer mycle, Mt. 25, 21. b. of persons, inferior in rank or condition, not distinguished Lytel hé bið genemned in ríc heafna . . . ðes micil bið geceigd, Mt. L. 5, 19. Lytel þáhte ic leóda bearnum, læg on heardum stáne, Cri. 1425. Swá hwylc swá sylð ánne drinc ánum þyssa lytylra manna, Mt. 10, 42. Ánum of ðisum bróðrum mínum lytlum, Mt. L. 25, 40. (b a) of a town :-- Ðú, Bethlem, unðærfe ðing lyttel arð (nequa*-*quam minima es ), Mt. L. 2, 6. 8. mean, vile, a. of things Tó þám þæt ðú hwylce þénunga mínon lytlan líchaman tó gehýðnysse gegearwige, Hml. S. 23 b, 252. b. of persons Ic eom se lytla for þé and se lýðra man, se hér syngigeswíðe genehhe. . . þearle scyldig, Hy. 3, 41. II. as opposite of much. 1. not much, only a slight amount or degree of, barely any Sceáwige mon georne hwilc se útgang sié, þe micel. þe lytel, þe þǽr nán ne sié, Lch. ii. 218, 11. Hwæt is heora nú tó láfe bútan se lytla hlísa and se nama mid feáum stafum áwriten signat super*-*stes fama tenuis pauculis inane women litteris. Bt. 19; F. 70, 10. Gýt lǽssan mynstres þǽr lytel þeówdóm sý, Ll. Th. i. 360, 22. Byþ lytel frécne fram fýre, Lch. i. 330, 2. Tó lytel hit biþ, beó hit á lǽsse, Ll. Th. i. 432, 24 : B. 1748. Lytles geleáfes, Mt. L. 6, 30 : 14, 31. Wé habbaþ litellne gearowitan búton tweón, Bt. 41, 5 ; F. 254, 10. Ic him lífwraðe lytle meahte ætgifan, B. 2877. (1 a) forming with its sb. a kind of privative combination, with the sense absence or scarcity of what the sb. denotes :-- Gemune hwæt sí mín lytle spéd memorare quae mea substantia, Ps. Th. 83, 40. 2. a small quantity of, some, though not much Nú gýt ys lytel (lyttil, L. , lyttel, R. ) leóht on eów athuc modicum lumen in uobis est, Jn. 12, 35. .II. lytle bollan fulle mid lytle hunige gemengde, Lch. ii. 214, 11. Þǽr dydon Rómáne lytla triéwþa þæt him þá wǽron unweorþe þe hiera hláford beswican in hoc solo Romanis circa eum fortiter agentibus quod percussores ejus indignos judicarent, Ors. 5, 2 ; S. 218, 17. 3. with pl., few Wræccum lytlum (feáwum, W. S. ) plagis paucis, Lk. R. L. 12, 48. Hý sculan nyttian lytlum andforhtlicum metum. Lch. ii. 30, 30. Þá nolde hé him geceósan welige yldran, ac þá þe hæfdon lytle worldspéda (few worldly goods), Bl. H. 23, 25 B. absolute and substantive. I. absolute. 1. that are little, a. cf. A. I. 2 Ðára lvttelra parvulorum, Mt. p. l. 6. b. cf. A. I. 8b Drihten gehealdeð þá lytlan, Ps. Th. 114, 6. 2. few. Cf. A. II. 3 Woeg lytelra uia paucorum, Lk. p. 8, 7. Ofer lytla super pauca, Mt. L. 25, 21 : 23. 3. not much, only a small amount or quantity Betere ys þám rihtwísan lytel (modicum) þonne þám synfullan mycel wela, Ps. Th. 36, 14. Ðǽm lyttel bið forgefen, Lk. L. 7, 47. On lytlum (lytelum, L. ) getrýwe . . . on lytlum unrihtwís. Lk. 16, 10: 19, 17. Hé sceal of swíðe lytlum hyt onginnan, Solil. H. 45, 16. Þonne wát ic swíðe lytel óðer nánwiht, 66, 17. Ðý lǽs hié fela sellen ðám ðe hié lytel sceoldon, oððe lytel ðǽm ðe hié micel sceoldon, Past. 321, 17. Lytel ágan. Bl. H. 49, 20. Gé sáwað micel sǽd and rípað litel (modicum) , Deut. 28, 38. ¶• with adverb :-- Wundrum lytel mæg gedón . . . , Bt. 11, 1; F. 32, 21. Þá þurfon swíþe lytles, 14, 2 ; F. 44, 13. man crístene menn for ealles tó lytlum tó deáðe ne fordéme, Ll. Th. i. 304, 19. (3a) with gen. :-- Ic hys mæg swíðe litel ongytan oððe náwiht, Solil. H. 25, 15. Hyre þá gýt tó lytel þúhte þæs anwaldes ðe se cyningc ǽr gewunnen hæfde non contenta terminis mulier quos a viro suo acquisitos, Ors. l, 2 ; S. 30, 17. Wé witon swíþe lytel þæs þe ár ús wæs búton be gemynde, Bt. 42 ; F. 256, 25. (3 b) in the genitive depending upon an indefinite pronoun :-- Gif þé ǽnies willan wana biþ, ðeáh hit lytles hwæt sié si absit aliquid tuae beatitudini , Bt. 11. 1 ; F. 30, 22: 32, 20. Nánwuht ne lytles ne miceles, 30, 25 : Met. 22, 47. (3c) qualified by a demonstrative :-- Þine seofunga for þám lytlan þe þú forlure. Bt. 11, 1; F. 30, 21. 4. unimportant condition, inferior position Oft hé of lytlan árǽrde tó miclan þá þe him hýrdan, Ll. Th. i. 334, 6:14. II. as substantive. 1. a small quantity, piece, portion, a small thing, a trifle, Lch. ii. 336, 4 [in Dict. ] (1 a) with gen. Án lytel febbres, Past. 229, 3. Wudugáte geallan and lytel wínes. Lch. i. 348, 18. Lytel eles, ii. 76, 13. Diles sǽd lytelne, 228, 21. Glædenan rinde lytelra gedó þreó pund on glæsfæt, 252, 7. 2. of persons, a. cf. A. I. 2 Sua huá ne onfóas ríc Godes swelc lyttel (paruulus), Mk. L. 10, 15. Búta gié geworðe suǽ lytlo (cnehtas, R., lytlingas, W. S. parvoli ), Mt. L. 18, 3. Of múðe ðára lytla (cildra. R. , cilda, W. S. infantium ), 21, 16. Búta wífum and lytlum ł cildum (cnehtum, R.) exceptis mulieribus et parvulis, 14, 21: 15, 38. Forlétas ðá lytlo (þá cild, R. ), 19, 14. Bróhton tó him lytle (lytlo cild, L. ), Mk. R. 10, 13. b. cf. A. I. 8 b Énne of lytlum ðisum unum de pusillis istis , Mt. L. 18, 6. Of lytlum ðassum ex minimis istis, 10, 42 : 25, 45. 3. a short time Æfter lytle huíle ł ymb lytle (ymbe lytel, W. S. ) post pussillum , Mk. L. 14, 70. Embe lytel (æfter lytlum ł ymb lytle huíle, L. , æfter lytlum hwíle, R. ), Lk. 22, 58. C. adverbial use of various cases. I. to only a small extent, but slightly, not much. 1. acc. Lytel fremað þeáh crísten nama bútan crístenum dǽdum, Wlfst. 65, 21. Lyttel lufad minus diligit, Lk. L. 7, 47. 2. with inst. Sam hé hine miclum lufige, sam hé hine lytlum lufige, Solil. H. 58, 14. Þú hine gedést lytle lǽssan (paulo minus) þonne englas, Ps. Th. 8, 6 : 118, 87. Ful lytle ðe gearor, Solil. H. 26, 15. II. lytlum a little at a time Geót þriwa lytlum on háte þá ahsan, Lch. ii. 32, 13 : 176, 22 : 230, 21. II. lytlum and lytlum little by little, gradually Hé sceal lytlum and lytlum stígan neár and near stæpmǽlum swilce hé on sume hlǽdre stíge, Solil. H. 45, 16 III. a little. 1. of distance Gefoerde lytel ðona progressus pusillum, Mt. L. 26, 39. 2. of time, a. with acc. , for a little time Ðá-gét lyttel (lytel, R. modicum ) mið iúh ic am, Jn. L. 13, 33. b. with inst., a little (before) Swá swá þú mé nú lytle ǽr gehéte, Bt. 22, 1 ; F. 76, 22 : Met. 12, 13. v. for-, un-, ungemet*-*lytel; lytle, an ; f.: lǽs, lǽssa.
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