probably from baby talk for little bit
1938, in the meaning defined above
8 Words for Small Amounts
When just a touch will do
8 Handy Words When You Just Need a Pinch
Alt words for small amounts
“Itty-bitty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/itty-bitty. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.
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