pewee

[pee-wee]

Origin of pewee

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800; imitative
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Historical Examples of pewee

  • 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 was now sure that the boat had been taken as indemnity for the chicken and the eggs.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for pewee

pewee

peewee

noun
  1. any of several small North American flycatchers of the genus Contopus, having a greenish-brown plumage

Word Origin for pewee

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.

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