- affectedly dainty or quaint: twee writing about furry little creatures.
Origin of twee
1900–05; apparently reduced from tweet (perhaps via pronunciation twiʔ), mimicking child's pronunciation of sweet
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Examples from the Web for twee
Murdoch is proud of the end product, no matter how many find it “twee”…whatever that means.Stuart Murdoch's 'God Help the Girl' Does Something Pretty (and Something Twee)
September 5, 2014
I have spent an hour on the phone with Marc Spitz, the author of Twee, having him explain Twee.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Lost in Translation are Twee.
In a sense, all vintage toys are Twee, but I have a personal distaste for Legos that I cannot explain.
I wanted something that connects Walt Disney and J.D. Salinger and Buddy Holly and Sylvia Plath to what we now know as Twee.
It must have been "devey" and "twee" to have gone through all those experiences.
I can't remember at all about the funny water and the twee with the flowers, and all of it.The Golden Scarecrow
You stand up there against the twee, and I'll make good shots.A Little Mother to the Others
L. T. Meade
It was the year when "devey," and "twee," and similar abbreviations first became fashionable.
Daar twee kijven hebben ze beiden schuld—When two quarrel both are to blame.
- British excessively sentimental, sweet, or pretty
C19: from tweet, mincing or affected pronunciation of sweet
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Word Origin and History for twee
"tiny, dainty, miniature," 1905, from childish pronunciation of sweet.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper