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wee

[wee]
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adjective, we·er, we·est.
  1. little; very small.
  2. very early: in the wee hours of the morning.
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Origin of wee

before 1150 for an earlier sense; Middle English we, variant of wei (small) quantity, Old English wēg, Anglian form of wǣge weight, akin to wegan to weigh1

Synonyms

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1. tiny, diminutive; minuscule.
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Examples from the Web for wee

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  • Aye, but it's that wee bit that makes all the difference, Mr. Cairnduff!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "I'll go downstairs now for a wee while," Mrs. MacDermott said.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "Och, he's mebbe only a wee bit out of sorts," John answered.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • I thought at first you were having me on, but I think now you're only a wee fool.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Sure, you have to tell a wee bit of a lie now and again, or you'd never get your way at all.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for wee

wee1

adjective
  1. very small; tiny; minute
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noun
  1. mainly Scot a short time (esp in the phrase bide a wee.)
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Word Origin

C13: from Old English wǣg weight

wee2

noun
    1. the act or an instance of urinating
    2. urine
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verb
  1. (intr) to urinate
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Also called: wee-wee

Word Origin

of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wee

adj.

"extremely small," mid-15c., from earlier noun use in sense of "quantity, amount" (cf. a littel wei "a little thing or amount," c.1300), from Old English wæge "weight" (see weigh). Adj. use wee bit apparently developed as parallel to such forms as a bit thing "a little thing." Wee hours is attested by 1891, from Scot. wee sma' hours (1787, Burns). Wee folk "faeries" is recorded from 1819. Weeny "tiny, small" is from 1790.

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