pe·​wee ˈpē-(ˌ)wē How to pronounce pewee (audio)
: any of various small largely gray or olive-colored American flycatchers (genus Contopus)

Examples of pewee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unusual species included a brown pelican, a Mississippi kite, a banded western wood-pewee, a black-throated gray warbler, a prothonotary warbler, and a summer tanager. Maria Elena Little Endara,, 1 Oct. 2022 Cape Cod: a brown pelican on the Pamet jetty in Truro, a western wood-pewee banded at South Monomoy, a black-throated gray warbler at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, and a summer tanager at Fort Hill in Eastham. Maria Elena Little Endara,, 1 Oct. 2022 Dead migratory birds -- which include species such as warblers, bluebirds, sparrows, blackbirds, the western wood pewee and flycatchers -- are also being found in Colorado, Texas and Mexico. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 14 Sep. 2020 There were also 22 double-crested cormorants, two bald eagles, two American kestrels, 11 Eastern wood-pewees, and 23 red-eyed vireos., 29 July 2019 The wooded areas hold Eastern wood-pewees, summer tanagers and red-eyed vireos. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 4 May 2018 The migrant wildlife is gone, the pewees, vireos and wood thrushes all far to the south by now. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pewee was in 1796

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“Pewee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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pe·​wee ˈpē-wē How to pronounce pewee (audio)
: any of various small grayish or greenish brown birds that eat flying insects

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