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 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, "Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds have been found dead in New Mexico," 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., "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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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