Meaning of Little Willie in English:

Little Willie

Pronunciation /ˌlɪtl ˈwɪli/


  • 1 informal (A name for) an ordinary or insignificant, or a foolish or incompetent, man.

  • 2 slang In the First World War (1914–18). A name given to any of various items of military equipment, specifically a long-range German shell or gun and an early experimental tank.

  • 3A name given to a German communications trench near the village of Loos on the Western Front.


Early 20th century. From little + Willie, pet form of the male forename William.