adjective, we·er, we·est.

little; very small.
very early: in the wee hours of the morning.

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 for wee

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for weest




very small; tiny; minute


mainly Scot a short time (esp in the phrase bide a wee.)

Word Origin for wee

C13: from Old English wǣg weight




  1. the act or an instance of urinating
  2. urine


(intr) to urinate
Also called: wee-wee

Word Origin for wee

of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for weest



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper