twee

[ twee ]
/ twi /
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adjective Chiefly British.

affectedly dainty or quaint: twee writing about furry little creatures.

Nearby words

  1. twat,
  2. twattle,
  3. twayblade,
  4. tweak,
  5. tweaker,
  6. tweed,
  7. tweed, william marcy,
  8. tweeddale,
  9. tweedle,
  10. tweedledum

Origin of twee

1900–05; apparently reduced from tweet (perhaps via pronunciation twiʔ), mimicking child's pronunciation of sweet

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British Dictionary definitions for twee

twee

/ (twiː) /

adjective

British excessively sentimental, sweet, or pretty
Derived Formstweely, adverbtweeness, noun

Word Origin for twee

C19: from tweet, mincing or affected pronunciation of sweet

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Word Origin and History for twee

twee

adj.

"tiny, dainty, miniature," 1905, from childish pronunciation of sweet.

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