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"LIL" is a prefix and is the short form of "little". It is often spelled with an apostrophe as "Lil'" or "Li'l", and is a common name trope in Hip-Hop culture.

When used as a prefix in comic or animation it can refer to a specific style of drawing where the characters appear in a chubby, childlike style. These are normally characterisations of adults (real or fictional) and are particularly common in manga or satire (such as Lil Bush).

Artists with the short form for Little[edit]


  • Lil Hardin Armstrong (1898-1971), American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and bandleader, second wife of Louis Armstrong
  • Lil Green (1919-1954), American blues singer and songwriter
  • Lil DeVille, a character on the American animated television show Rugrats