pe·​wee | \ ˈpē-(ˌ)wē How to pronounce pewee (audio) \

Definition of pewee

: any of various small largely gray or olive-colored American flycatchers (genus Contopus)

Examples of pewee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were also 22 double-crested cormorants, two bald eagles, two American kestrels, 11 Eastern wood-pewees, and 23 red-eyed vireos., "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 The wooded areas hold Eastern wood-pewees, summer tanagers and red-eyed vireos. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 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, "‘It’s so still’: A winter solstice filled with peace at the National Arboretum," 23 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pewee

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Pewee.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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pe·​wee | \ ˈpē-ˌwē How to pronounce pewee (audio) \

Kids Definition of pewee

: a small grayish or greenish brown bird that eats flying insects

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