A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
"small human figure used in witchcraft and sorcery," c.1300, early form of puppet (n.). Meaning "small or dainty person" is recorded from late 14c.; later a term of endearment but also in other cases one of contempt.
A young child •Usu a term of endearment (1849+)