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tweeny

[twee-nee] /ˈtwi ni/
noun, plural tweenies.
1.
'tween (def 2).
2.
British Informal. an auxiliary maid.
Origin of tweeny
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; (be)tween + -y2
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  • I wish, tweeny, there was anything I could do to make you happy also.

    The Admirable Crichton J. M. Barrie
  • tweeny, as the Gov. has chosen me to wait on him, please may I have the loan of it again?

    The Admirable Crichton J. M. Barrie
  • There is something about you, tweeny, there is a je ne sais quoi about you.

    The Admirable Crichton J. M. Barrie
  • The tweeny ran, Lizzie thrust, Chesterton deposited, dead on time.

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • The "tweeny," who also describes herself as a boot-boy, is a young war-widow.

    The Sword of Deborah F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Or will she become a kitchen-maid or "tweeny" in King Arthur's Castle?

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • A touch on that lever, tweeny, and in a few moments bonfires would be blazing all round the shore.

    The Admirable Crichton J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for tweeny

tweeny

/ˈtwiːnɪ/
noun (pl) tweenies
1.
(Brit, informal, obsolete) a maid who assists both cook and housemaid
2.
(informal) Also tweenie
  1. a child of approximately eight to fourteen years of age
  2. (as modifier): tweeny magazines
Word Origin
C19: shortened from between (for sense 1, that is, a maid between cook and housemaid)
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