[hween, ween]Scot. and North England



a few persons or things.

Origin of wheen

1325–75; Middle English (north) quheyn, Old English hwēne, instrumental case of hwōn few, a few
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Examples from the Web for wheen

Historical Examples of wheen

  • A wheen blue an' puffy, but the pulse is better than I would have expeckit.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • This very night we will ride over into Ettrick, and lift a wheen o' them.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads

    Elizabeth W. Grierson

  • "They're just a wheen clouts I was sorting out," she faltered.

  • And what brought ye to Eger, when it was a wheen shorter by Pilsen?

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott

  • What herm is there in a wheen innocent muskitties, fur instance?

    In Search of El Dorado

    Alexander MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for wheen


determiner Scot and Northern English dialect

few; some
(preceded by a)
  1. a small number of
  2. a good number of
  3. (as pronoun; functioning as plural)a wheen of years

Word Origin for wheen

Old English hwēne, instrumental of hwōn few, a few
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