Adults must be careful about what they say within the hearing of children. The saying refers to the large handles (ears) sometimes attached to small vessels.
Young children often overhear something they should not. For example, Don’t use any swear words around Brian—little pitchers have big ears. This metaphoric expression, which likens the curved handle of a pitcher to the human ear, was already in John Heywood’s proverb collection of 1546.
noun, French Le Petit Prince 1. an allegorical fantasy (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
[lit-l] /ˈlɪt l/ adjective, littler or less or lesser, littlest or least. 1. small in size; not big; not large; tiny: a little desk in the corner of the room. 2. short in duration; not extensive; short; brief: a little while. 3. small in number: a little group of scientists. 4. small in amount or […]
- Little red riding hood
A fairy tale from the collections of Charles Perrault and the brothers Grimm. A girl called Little Red Riding Hood (after the red, hooded cloak she wears) meets a wolf in the woods while traveling to visit her sick grandmother. When she tells him where she is going, the wolf takes the short way there, […]
[roh-dee] /ˈroʊ di/ noun 1. Rhode Island (used as a nickname).