One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A name for) a poor, deprived, or pathetic-looking girl or woman (originally, one who is an orphan).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Chicago Tribune. From Little Orphant Annie, the name of an orphan child in The Elf-Child, a popular poem by American writer James Whitcomb Riley published in 1885, upon which were based a long-running cartoon strip Little Orphan Annie by American cartoonist Harold Gray first published in the New York Daily News in August 1924, and subsequently also a radio show, several films, and the Broadway musical Annie!.
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