noun, plural tween·ies.

British Informal. an auxiliary maid.

Origin of tweeny

First recorded in 1885–90; (be)tween + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of tweeny

Historical Examples of tweeny

  • Tweeny, as the Gov. has chosen me to wait on him, please may I have the loan of it again?

  • I wish, Tweeny, there was anything I could do to make you happy also.

  • There is something about you, Tweeny, there is a je ne sais quoi about you.

  • The tweeny ran, Lizzie thrust, Chesterton deposited, dead on time.


    Elisabeth von Arnim

  • The "tweeny," who also describes herself as a boot-boy, is a young war-widow.

    The Sword of Deborah

    F. Tennyson Jesse

British Dictionary definitions for tweeny


noun plural tweenies

British informal, obsolete a maid who assists both cook and housemaid
Also: tweenie informal
  1. a child of approximately eight to fourteen years of age
  2. (as modifier)tweeny magazines

Word Origin for tweeny

C19: shortened from between (for sense 1, that is, a maid between cook and housemaid)
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