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adjective Chiefly British.
  1. affectedly dainty or quaint: twee writing about furry little creatures.
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Origin of twee

1900–05; apparently reduced from tweet (perhaps via pronunciation twiʔ), mimicking child's pronunciation of sweet
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  1. British excessively sentimental, sweet, or pretty
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Derived Formstweely, adverbtweeness, noun

Word Origin

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.

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