One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1People of little wealth or status; the poor; ordinary or undistinguished people.
2People of very small stature; dwarfs; (also, especially in earlier use) pygmies.
3Children, boys and girls; = "little people".
4In folklore: small beings with a human form; fairies, etc.
In singular and plural
Late 16th century. From little + folk. Compare little people.
little folk/ˈlɪtl ˌfəʊk/
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