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pewee

[pee-wee] /ˈpi wi/
noun
1.
any of several New World flycatchers of the genus Contopus.
Compare wood pewee.
2.
the phoebe.
Origin of pewee
1790-1800
An Americanism dating back to 1790-1800; imitative
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  • The pewee, for all his tender and melancholy utterances, has a fiery spirit.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • The first aim of pewee and company was to get the better of the master.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • Riley and pewee—conspirators to the last—had their plans arranged.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • pewee and his crowd have gone up to the Indian Mound,” said Columbus.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • pewee was now sure that the boat had been taken as indemnity for the chicken and the eggs.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • Jack wanted to escape the merciless beating that pewee had in store for him.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • Jack and pewee walked straight up to the fence-corner in which they stood.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • The trouble with vain people like pewee is, that they have no stability.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • All too soon the only bird notes are those of the redeye and the pewee.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • When I get under the pantry window I'll call like some bird—say a pewee.

    The Little Colonel's Holidays Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for pewee

pewee

/ˈpiːwiː/
noun
1.
any of several small North American flycatchers of the genus Contopus, having a greenish-brown plumage
Word Origin
C19: imitative of its cry
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Word Origin and History for pewee
n.

"flycatcher, lapwing," 1810, variant of pewit (q.v.). See also peewee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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