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wheen

[hween, ween] /ʰwin, win/ Scot. and North England
adjective
1.
few.
noun
2.
a few persons or things.
Origin of wheen
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (north) quheyn, Old English hwēne, instrumental case of hwōn few, a few
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British Dictionary definitions for wheener

wheen

/wiːn; Scottish hwiːn/
determiner (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
1.
few; some
2.
(preceded by a)
  1. a small number of
  2. a good number of
  3. (as pronoun; functioning as plural): a wheen of years
Word Origin
Old English hwēne, instrumental of hwōn few, a few
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